Determinants of primary care physicians’ practice of prostate cancer counseling and screening
Danny M. Rabah, Mostafa A. Arafa
DOI: 10.4236/health.2010.211195   PDF   HTML     5,103 Downloads   8,681 Views   Citations


Objective: The objective was to examine practices of primary care physicians and its determinants towards prostate cancer screening. Methods: Data was obtained from 204 primary care physicians using self-reports of prostate cancer screening practices, knowledge, attitudes towards prostate cancer screening. Results: nearly half of the respondent (54.7%) were practicing counseling and referring prostate cancer patients. The mean correct knowledge score was 54.3%, their attitude was not strong; the only statement that nearly seventy percent of physicians agreed upon was about the value of screening, however, the reliability and evidence to support DRE & PSA were in question. Knowledge and attitude were found to be the most significant predictors that determine physicians’ self practice. Conclusion: Background information and attitudes are important determinants of physicians’ practice behavior towards prostate cancer counseling and referral in our study.

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Rabah, D. and Arafa, M. (2010) Determinants of primary care physicians’ practice of prostate cancer counseling and screening. Health, 2, 1312-1315. doi: 10.4236/health.2010.211195.

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