Prostate Cancer Screening and Informed Decision Making: A Survey of Physician Practices and Beliefs

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Study Description and Methods

This study was conducted as an Internet and paper-based survey to describe current prostate cancer screening practices, including perceived barriers and beliefs related to informed decision making (IDM) for prostate cancer screening among family physicians; to build on previous qualitative research identifying two patterns of IDM for prostate cancer screening; and to examine the role of physicians’ beliefs about screening in determining how they handle IDM in their practice.

Specific Aims and Objectives

The aim of the study is to promote patient informed decision making (IDM) surrounding prostate cancer screening in primary care settings, consistent with recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the Task Force on Community Preventive Services of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


This study was conducted from January 2007 through December 2007.


The study is currently closed. Please see below for key findings and publications.


North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, November 16, 2008.
Volk RJ, Mullen P, Kneuper S, Wuelling S, Chan E, Spann S, Galliher GM, Pace W, Spano MS. Primary Care Physicians’ Practice Patterns Regarding Prostate Cancer Screening: A National Research Network Study.

Findings and Publications

Access the complete manuscript:

Primary Care Physicians’ Use of an Informed Decision-Making Process for Prostate Cancer Screening(8 page PDF). Volk RJ, Linder SK, Kallen MA, et al. Ann Fam Med. 2013;11(1):67-74.

Contact Information

For additional information about this study, please contact:

AAFP National Research Network
1-800-274-2237 x3180

This project was funded by a grant from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and American Academy of Family Physicians.