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Do the beliefs of Australian general practitioners about the effectiveness of cancer screening accord with the evidence?
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 11:31 authored by Young, J, Ward, J, Michael SladdenMichael Sladden
A national random sample of 855 Australian general practitioners was surveyed about their belief in the effectiveness of cancer screening tests in reducing premature mortality. Responses were then compared with scientific evidence of effectiveness for each test. 92% of respondents believed mammography to be effective compared with only 38% for faecal occult blood testing, despite comparable evidence of effectiveness from randomised controlled trials. Seven tests outranked their belief in faecal occult blood testing, despite weaker evidence. Further efforts are required to align general practitioners' beliefs better with the evidence.
Publication titleJournal of Medical Screening
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
PublisherRoyal Soc Medicine Press Ltd
Place of publication1 Wimpole Street, London, England, W1G 0Ae