Province-Wide Assessment of Cancer Screening Practice in Primary Care

Studies have shown that the appropriate use of cancer screening procedures save lives and that primary care physicians have the greatest degree of influence on patients' cancer screening behaviour.

Primary care physicians (General Practitioners and Family Physicians) in British Columbia (BC) were invited to participate in a province-wide needs-assessment study, developed and conducted by UBC CPD in partnership with the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA). The study investigated the current practices, attitudes, and challenges primary care physicians have in screening for breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancers, as well as for a hereditary predisposition to cancer.

Almost 900 primary care physicians in BC participated in this study either by completing a comprehensive survey and/or participating in an interview or focus group discussion. Findings have been distilled into a final report with a high level executive summary, which provides insights for better understanding of the cancer screening practices of primary care physicians, their barriers to discussing and encouraging screening options to patients, as well as facilitators to better support physicians’ screening practices.

The final report also includes a set of action orientated recommendations that identify learning opportunities. We thank all those who were able to participate in this needs-assessment study, which produced important findings to improve cancer screening in BC.

Needs Assessment Report

Click to download the Final Report

Click to download the Executive Summary

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