Rodney Petersen

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In response to a Western Australian Ministerial enquiry into the levels of intervention in childbirth, a 2-year prospective audit was undertaken of the indication and timing of all public Caesarean section deliveries at King Edward Memorial hospital. During the study period, a total of 9,138 deliveries were performed at the hospital, of which 1,624 were by(More)
Carcinoma of the cervix and its precursor, high-grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN2/3), are associated with persistent oncogenic Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, particularly HPV 16 and 18. HPV genotype distribution varies with severity of cervical disease, patient demographics such as age, as well as geographical location. In this study,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the accuracy of intra-operative frozen section reports at identifying the features of high risk uterine disease compared with final histopathology. DESIGN Retrospective study. METHODS The records of 460 patients with uterine cancer registered with the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancer between January 1, 1996 and December(More)
Life history theory suggests that in risky and uncertain environments the optimal reproductive strategy is to reproduce early in order to maximize the probability of leaving any descendants at all. The fact that early menarche facilitates early reproduction provides an adaptationist rationale for our first two hypotheses: that women who experience more(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the incidence of Pap smear abnormalities and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) on cervical biopsy results in teenage mothers and to establish if there are associations with social disruption. PATIENTS AND METHODS A prospective study of 498 pregnant teenagers was performed at three Australian hospitals. Enrolled patients had a(More)
We aimed to evaluate the correlation between the histological grade of endometrial cancer diagnosed on endometrial biopsy or curettage, with the definitive grade and stage of lesion as determined by surgery and histopathological examination and to make recommendations about the suitability of conservative surgery based on pre-operative determination of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effect of counselling and relaxation intervention on psychological symptoms in patients with gynaecological cancer between the post-operative period and the six-week review. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. PARTICIPANTS Fifty-three patients with gynaecological cancer. SETTING Three Australian tertiary referral hospitals. (More)
BACKGROUND Chlamydia trachomatis is a major public health issue, with notifications of this sexually transmitted disease continuing to rise in Australia. Women attending colposcopy clinics are referred for treatment of cervical abnormalities often associated with human papilloma virus (HPV) infection. There is evidence that women who have acquired one(More)
A prospective cohort of pregnant adolescent patients who planned to deliver at 1 of 3 Perth metropolitan hospitals was studied; 1 subgroup of this cohort was offered universal screening for cervical chlamydial infection and Pap-smear abnormalities (screened), and the remainder of the cohort were offered screening at the discretion of the attending medical(More)