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Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
Print version ISSN 0100-6991
FERNANDES, Gustavo Leme; SANTOS, Roberto Euzébio dos; MALAFAIA, Osvaldo and AOKI, Tsutomu. Development of an electronic protocol for uterine cervical cancer. Rev. Col. Bras. Cir. [online]. 2012, vol.39, n.1, pp.28-32. ISSN 0100-6991. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-69912012000100007.
OBJECTIVE: Development of an electronic protocol for cancer of the cervix. METHODS: We collected data through a literature review and formatted them to build a theoretical base for cancer of the cervix for inclusion in the protocol. The computerized database used the SINPE © (Integrated Electronic Protocols) developed at the Federal University of Parana by the Graduate Program in Surgery, Department of Health Sciences, with the help of the Laboratory of Computer and Multimedia. RESULTS: We created 2,687 items, grouped into seven main categories: history, physical examination, laboratory tests, diagnosis, final pathology, treatment and monitoring. We added items on socio-demographic indicators, contraceptive use, smoking, gynecological and obstetrical histories, staging, the most widely accepted classifications and nomenclatures, diagnostic methods, treatments and follow-up. CONCLUSION: It is possible to develop an electronic protocol with low cost, little space and minimal staff training. The use of computers avoids limitations and the subjective character of written records. With the data collected in an appropriate manner it is possible to determine, through statistical analysis, the importance of each factor in cancer development and progression and prognosis.
Keywords : Uterine cervical neoplasms; Informatics; Clinical protocols; Electronic health records; Software.