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Table 1 Investigations: Physician Recommendations (N = 194)

From: Management of abnormal uterine bleeding by northern, rural and isolated primary care physicians: PART I – How are we doing?

Investigation N (%)
Pelvic ultrasound 169 (87.1)
Complete blood count (cbc) 146 (75.3)
Thyroid function tests 80 (41.2)
Endometrial biopsy* 49 (25.3)
Iron and/or serum ferritin 48 (24.7)
Dilatation and curettage* 47 (24.2)
International normalized ratio (INR)/ prothrombin time (PT) 46 (23.7)
Platelets 46 (23.7)
Pap smear 45 (23.2)
Pelvic exam 33 (17.0)
Partial thromboplastin time 30 (15.5)
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) 22 (11.3)
Luteinizing hormone (LH) 18 (9.3)
Glucose 10 (5.2)
Abdominal exam 8 (4.1)
Estrogen 8 (4.1)
Pregnancy test (beta HCG) 8 (4.1)
Prolactin 7 (3.6)
Progesterone 4 (2.1)
Referral (no investigations) 4 (2.1)
  1. * requested either during initial investigation or during course of treatment