HPV primary screening and abnormal screen follow-up

Practical considerations for implementing HPV primary screening

Implementing HPV primary screening happens in phases and success relies on individuals who can champion the work and the required system changes at different levels and with different audiences.

1. Building a foundation 2. Implementation planning 3. Execution

Elements for successful implementation include creating:

  • An initial steering committee
  • Registry and supportive IT systems
  • Guidelines and pathways
  • Predictive models

Developing a clear implementation plan can ensure the preparedness of laboratories and colposcopy services, the two health care sectors that are impacted the most by the switch from the Pap test to the HPV test.

Successful implementation of HPV primary screening also depends on extensive communication and supportive material for health care professionals and the public and ongoing monitoring of the system’s performance.