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Introducing patient-initiated follow-up to gynaecology: Patient and clinician views
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  • Mira Chainrai,
  • Victoria Kershaw,
  • Thomas Gray,
  • Stephen Radley
Mira Chainrai
The University of Sheffield

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Victoria Kershaw
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
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Thomas Gray
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
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Stephen Radley
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
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Objective: To evaluate patient and clinician views regarding Patient-Initiated Follow-Up (PIFU) in gynaecology and identify subgroups suited to this pathway of care. Design: Cross-sectional survey Setting: Gynaecology Outpatients Department, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Sheffield, UK. Population or Sample: Patients and clinicians. Methods: Participants were recruited from gynaecology outpatients, with purposive sampling of diverse groups and clinics. PIFU value and burden were evaluated using patient and clinician surveys (modified QQ-10). Free-text comments were collated. Main Outcome Measures: QQ-10 value and burden scores. Results: 305 patients and 30 clinicians were surveyed. On value and burden scales of 0–100, patients and clinicians attributed high value (mean 77 and 81) and low burden (mean 38 and 45). Greater autonomy was cited in free-text by 85% of patients and 93% of clinicians. Patients attending benign gynaecological sub-specialties attributed highest mean value scores: Endometriosis (84), general gynaecology (83) and vulval clinics (81). Gynaecology oncology patients attributed lowest value (64) and highest burden (51) of all subgroups. Younger patients (<60) were more likely to express preference for PIFU (53%) than older (29%). Conclusions: Patients and clinicians are in favour of selected use of PIFU in Gynaecology. Both surveys found younger patients with benign gynaecological conditions well-suited to PIFU. We recommend offering PIFU to select patients confident in self-monitoring, whilst respecting patient choice so patients are not disadvantaged by this system. Further evaluation of PIFU in women’s health is warranted, including more detailed socio-economic and outcomes assessment. Funding: None Keywords: Patient-Initiated Follow-Up, Women’s Health, Gynaecology, Survey, Self-Monitoring