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Table 3 Percentage of all smears submitted to a laboratory* that were assessed as “satisfactory, but limited/SBL” +

From: Quality of screening with conventional Pap smear in Austria – a longitudinal evaluation

  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Lab A 22.94 22.04 21.17 17.50 **
Lab B 18.76 ** 14.02 ** 13.37
Lab C 6.76 8.04 10.90 7.86 7.55
Lab D ** 1.28 2.95 9.08 7.45
Lab E 50.02 54.07 48.35 52.69 46.04
Lab F 5.73 6.90 11.59 9.81 **
Lab G ** 26.15 29.51 28.86 25.00
Lab H 2.39 6.40 7.64 9.05 13.66
Lab I 21.09 21.61 21.59 ** 13.46
Lab J 68.51 45.78 35.70 45.40 38.94
Lab K 4.89 5.49 4.85 4.68 5.57
Lab L 28.96 24.26 25.12 26.61 27.04
Lab M ** ** 16.74 7.81 7.27
Lab N ** 2.16 6.55 9.52 9.24
Lab O ** 2.12 5.05 5.89 7.01
  1. *Laboratories were identified by the number of specimens submitted. To safeguard anonymity the laboratories in Table 1 have no abbreviation, and the sequence of the laboratories in Tables 1 and 3 has been changed. Despite the loss of relevant information, this approach was necessary since non-anonymity might have discouraged laboratories from participating.
  2. +A national standard, set by the Austrian Society of Cytology, requires that the category “satisfactory, but limited/SBL” should be less than 10% of all smears taken (15).
  3. **no data available;
  4. Laboratories failing to meet the quality criterion are written in bold.