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Title: Prostate cancer testing: a snapshot of the attitudes and practice of Australian general practitioners.
Epworth Authors: Crowe, Jane
Wootten, Addie
Howard, Nicholas
Keywords: Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, Epworth Healthcare, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Attitude of Health Personnel
Prostate Cancer Testing
General Practitioners
Guideline Adherence
Prostatic Neoplasms
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Physician's Practice Patterns
Digital Rectal Examination
Prostate-Specific Antigen
Issue Date: Nov-2013
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Citation: Aust J Prim Health. 2013;21(1):111-4.
Abstract: The role of the General Practitioner (GP) in testing for and managing men with prostate cancer (PCa) is significant. Very few studies have explored the attitudes and practices of Australian GPs in the context of the role of PCa testing. In this study, a 46-item web-based questionnaire was used to assess self-reported PCa testing attitudes and practices of GPs. This questionnaire was circulated to divisions of general practice and Medicare locals for further distribution to their GP members across Australia. GPs from all states and territories participated, and a total of 136 GPs completed the survey. Of the responding GPs, 57% always or usually offered PCa testing to asymptomatic men ≤ 70 years of age and 60% of GPs always or usually included a digital rectal examination (DRE). Many (80%) of the GPs stated that the current PCa testing guidelines were not clear. PCa testing was offered opportunistically by 56% while 39% offered testing at the patient's request. The results captured in this study represent a snapshot of GP attitudes and practices from across Australia. The results presented indicate a wide variation in the approaches to PCa testing in general practice across Australia, which in most part appear to be related to the lack of clarity of the current prostate cancer testing guidelines.
Description: Dates of Publication vary: CSIRO Publishing state Submitted: 5 July 2013 Accepted: 24 September 2013 Published: 1 November 2013, PubMed state 2015
DOI: 10.1071/PY13078
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ISSN: 1448-7527
Journal Title: Australian Journal of Primary Health
Type: Journal Article
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Survey
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