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General practitioner perspectives on barriers and enablers to bowel cancer screening in rural Tasmania: a thematic analysis of face-to-face interviews

Citation

Lee, SM and Obamiro, K and Cooper, A and Barnett, T, General practitioner perspectives on barriers and enablers to bowel cancer screening in rural Tasmania: a thematic analysis of face-to-face interviews, Australian Journal of General Practice, 50, (3) pp. 158-163. ISSN 2208-794X (2021) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2021 he Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Official URL: https://www1.racgp.org.au/ajgp/2021/march/general-...

DOI: doi:10.31128/AJGP-04-20-5386

Abstract

Background and objectives

When detected early, nine in 10 Australians with bowel cancer can be successfully treated, yet participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) remains low. The aim of this study was to identify enablers and barriers to bowel cancer screening in rural Tasmanian communities from the perspective of general practitioners (GPs).

Methods

Qualitative analysis of face-to-face interviews with eight GPs was used to determine factors that influence NBCSP uptake in four rural Tasmanian Local Government Areas.

Results

High workloads, competing priorities and not knowing when a patient received an NBCSP kit were identified as barriers to supporting the program, while practice reminder systems were seen to improve the likelihood of GPs recommending the program to patients.

Discussion

GPs are important for improving participation in the NBCSP. Incorporating GPs’ views of barriers and enablers for screening is key to improving NBCSP participation in rural Tasmania and Australia more broadly.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:General practice; bowel cancer screening; rural and remote health
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Rural and regional geography
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Lee, SM (Dr Simone Lee)
UTAS Author:Obamiro, K (Dr Kehinde Obamiro)
UTAS Author:Cooper, A (Mrs Amanda Cooper)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:143129
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2021-03-01
Last Modified:2021-05-24
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