• Jul 07, 2017

    Your Test is Abnormal; Patient-Centered Care for Difficult Conversations (On Demand)

    Non Member: $35.00

    Release Date: July 7, 2017
    Expiration Date: July 7, 2020

    Conversations about abnormal test results in general and positive HPV tests in particular are challenging. Research shows that patients often come away from these discussions with misinformation, feeling stigmatized, fearful, and likely to be non-adherent with follow-up plans. The goal is for patients to come away from these conversations without unnecessary anxiety and with the accurate information they need to make informed decisions and follow through with next-steps. What are the best counseling strategies when discussing abnormal results and responding to a patient's concerns? This webinar reviews the available data about HPV and counseling strategies and provides a deep dive into best practices and clinical pearls for having these conversations effectively. An expert clinician and a patient demonstrate examples of how to discuss the science and apply shared decision-making techniques when counseling patients about abnormal screening and diagnostic tests.


      P. Patricia Cason, MS, FNP-BC

    Patty Cason is a family nurse practitioner who has practiced for 35 years in a wide variety of clinical settings and is an Assistant Clinical Professor and guest lecturer at the UCLA School of Nursing. Patty is co-chair of the Education Committee for ASCCP and was a reviewer for Modern Colposcopy Third Edition. Patty has been published in the Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. She developed the “PATH” questions: A Primer to Help Guide Reproductive Goals Counseling which recently debuted in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has written nationally utilized IUD and implant protocols, an eleven part on-line series on intrauterine contraception, and manuals on provision of sexual and reproductive health services.


    Alegra Woodard

    Alegra Woodard graduated from Wayland Baptist University in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Management Information Systems Specialization, and from the National Defense University in 2013 with a Government Information Leadership Master of Science Degree.   Alegra was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 1999. Her surgery, a radical hysterectomy, was performed at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii on December 1999. In April 2015 Alegra and her husband Bobby joined forces as chapter leaders in Prince William County, Virginia for the National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) and they share their story in support of the cervical cancer prevention movement.  This decision is born out of a desire that no other woman, family member or friend feels alone while battling cervical cancer and the Human papillomavirus (HPV).  They are passionate about helping others because they understand firsthand what it means to be diagnosed with a disease that kills more than 4,000 women in the U.S. each year, even though it is a preventable cancer. The majority of their efforts are focused toward providing support, raising awareness, and providing educational resources and other crucial information to survivors and their families.

    Continuing Medical Education Credits

    Target Audience

    This activity is intended for obstetricians, gynecologists, family and internal medicine practitioners, pathologists and other healthcare practitioners involved in the treatment and care of gynecology patients.


    1. Define shared decision making
    2. Describe 2 common reactions patients have when told they need a colposcopy
    3. Demonstrate use of teach-back
    4. Discuss 3 communication skills that are effective when discussing positive HPV results


    Accreditation Statement

    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Physician Credit Designation

    ASCCP  designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Disclosure Information

    As an accredited provider of CME credit, ASCCP is required to comply with the ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support and has implemented a management process to ensure that anyone in a position to affect the content of the educational activity (e.g., faculty, planners, etc.) disclosed all relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest and ensured that those relationships do not influence presentation materials. All faculty have agreed to base their presentations on best available evidence. ASCCP discloses to learners any financial relationship(s) to healthcare-related commercial interests existing within the past 12 months to include the following information:

    1. the name of the individual;
    2. the name of the commercial interest; and,
    3. the nature of the relationship the person has with each commercial interest.

    Slides and slide notes are reviewed for possible bias prior to the activity's release by the Accreditation Committee and peer-reviewers, and potential conflicts of interest are resolved prior to the live presentation. Any discussion of off-label use of products is noted when appropriate, as is discussion of any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Disclosures of these commitments and/or relationships are published in these lecture materials and provided prior to the start of the activity, so the learners may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation(s). Under ASCCP policy, anyone declining either to disclose or amend material to eliminate potential bias identified by the Accreditation Committee will be replaced.

    The following persons disclosed relevant financial relationships:

    • P. Patricia Cason, FNP - Merck (Speakers Bureau), Merck (Advisory Board)

     The following persons disclosed no relevant financial relationships:

    • Alegra Woodard 
    • Peter Schnatz, DO (Reviewer) 
    • Kerry O. Curtis (ASCCP Executive Director, Planner)
    • Alisha Yocum (ASCCP Director of Meetings, Marketing, and Events, Planner)
    • Mary K. Stanley (ASCCP Education Manager, Planner)

     Registration Cost

    ASCCP Members:  FREE
    Non-Member: $35.00

    Instructions for Obtaining CME Credit

    To receive credit, participants must take the pre-test, view the CME activity in its entirety, and then complete the post-test and evaluation. The estimated time for completion of this activity is 1.0 hours.

    Grant Funding

    This webinar is supported by an independent educational grant from BD Diagnostics.


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