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Do the beliefs of Australian general practitioners about the effectiveness of cancer screening accord with the evidence?
Young, J and Ward, J and Sladden, M, 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]
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 Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Primary health care|
|Objective Group:||Other health|
|Objective Field:||Other health not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Sladden, M (Dr Michael Sladden)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||6|
|Deposited By:||General Practice|
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