OBJECTIVE:To assess whether men undergoing prostate biopsies for raised prostate-specific antigen (PSA) concentrations were adequately counselled before their first PSA test.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Men were given a PSA information sheet and interviewed immediately before undergoing transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS)/prostate biopsy. Information collected included whether they had been informed of the test, whether they were aware of TRUS/biopsy and whether possible treatments for prostate cancer had been discussed. They were asked whether the information sheet would have changed their opinion on testing.
RESULTS: 50 men were interviewed and 48 had their first test arranged by their general practitioner. 12.5% of men were adequately counselled using recently defined criteria. 4 (8.3%) men would not have had a PSA test if they had received adequate prior information
CONCLUSIONS: Counselling before serum PSA testing remains inadequate. Patient information sheets may help the discussions and should be made more widely available.
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Department of Urology, Casey Hospital, Berwick, Victoria, Australia.
Reference: BJU Int. 2012 Apr;109 Suppl 3:52-6.
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