Could I please have some informed consent for Christmas? It would be so lovely to have doctors tell women the truth about pap tests! It would be so nice if doctors told women that: “cervical cancer is rare”, or if they would say: “yes, of course you can have birth control pills without a pap test”! Or: “oh well the pap test is really unreliable anyway”. Or maybe: “of course you don’t have to have a pap test if you don’t want one . . . it is your body and your choice”! Or maybe: “I have to tell you that I make more money when you agree to a pap test”. It would be wonderful to have a little truth and a little informed consent.
That’s all I want for Christmas this year. Thank you Santa!
Informed consent missing: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2009/11/informed-consent-missing-pap-smears-cervical-cancer-screening.html
Why doctor does not have pap tests: http://margaretmccartney.com/2012/03/20/why-i-dont-have-smears/