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Do the beliefs of Australian general practitioners about the effectiveness of cancer screening accord with the evidence?

Citation

Young, J and Ward, J and Sladden, MJ, Do the beliefs of Australian general practitioners about the effectiveness of cancer screening accord with the evidence?, Journal of Medical Screening, 5, (2) pp. 67-68. ISSN 0969-1413 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1136/jms.5.2.67

Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Primary Health Care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Sladden, MJ (Dr Mike Sladden)
ID Code:15650
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:General Practice
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-08
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