PSA guidelines’ impact uncertain

USA Today reports that physicians “are unlikely to stop screening men for prostate cancer, even though about half agree they should, according to a small survey of physicians from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.”

While “about half of primary care doctors agreed with the” new US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines, “less than 2% said they planned to actually follow them and completely stop using the PSA.”

But, “more than 60% of doctors…said that the guidelines would make them “much less” or ‘somewhat less’ likely to order routine PSA tests for all men.”

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “The survey was done in November, after the task force’s draft recommendations had been released but before the final ones were published earlier this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.”

 

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