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Gynecologists' perspectives regarding ovarian cancer.
Cancer Prev Control. 1999 Feb; 3(1):68-76.CP

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To document the perspectives, practices and knowledge of Canadian gynecologists regarding ovarian cancer.

DESIGN

A mailed survey questionnaire was followed by a reminder card and a second mailing of the questionnaire.

SETTING

A sample of all gynecologists practising in Canada.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

Knowledge related to ovarian cancer. Practices related to the screening and detection of ovarian cancer. Attitudes towards ovarian cancer. Perceived role in the care of women at risk of, or diagnosed with, ovarian cancer. Perceived educational needs of gynecologists regarding ovarian cancer.

RESULTS

A total of 504 completed questionnaires were returned, providing a response rate of 46%. Most gynecologists indicated that they knew the basic facts about ovarian cancer and risk factors. Practices related to asymptomatic, low-risk women were found to be mostly in accord with current guidelines and the lack of evidence for the effectiveness of tests. Practices regarding women with suspected early or late-stage ovarian cancer varied, particularly with regard to referral to gynecologic oncologists. Many respondents indicated that they have an important role to play in the care of women after they have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or referred to another specialist. Respondents also expressed interest in obtaining additional information about ovarian cancer.

CONCLUSIONS

This study shows that there is a need for the development and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines regarding ovarian cancer. It also pinpoints areas where educational efforts could be directed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, Ont. marg_fitch@cancercare.on.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10474755

Citation

Fitch, M I., et al. "Gynecologists' Perspectives Regarding Ovarian Cancer." Cancer Prevention & Control : CPC = Prevention & Controle En Cancerologie : PCC, vol. 3, no. 1, 1999, pp. 68-76.
Fitch MI, Gray RE, Covens A, et al. Gynecologists' perspectives regarding ovarian cancer. Cancer Prev Control. 1999;3(1):68-76.
Fitch, M. I., Gray, R. E., Covens, A., Thomas, G., Franssen, E., DePetrillo, D., & Rosen, B. (1999). Gynecologists' perspectives regarding ovarian cancer. Cancer Prevention & Control : CPC = Prevention & Controle En Cancerologie : PCC, 3(1), 68-76.
Fitch MI, et al. Gynecologists' Perspectives Regarding Ovarian Cancer. Cancer Prev Control. 1999;3(1):68-76. PubMed PMID: 10474755.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Gynecologists' perspectives regarding ovarian cancer. AU - Fitch,M I, AU - Gray,R E, AU - Covens,A, AU - Thomas,G, AU - Franssen,E, AU - DePetrillo,D, AU - Rosen,B, PY - 1999/9/4/pubmed PY - 1999/9/4/medline PY - 1999/9/4/entrez SP - 68 EP - 76 JF - Cancer prevention & control : CPC = Prevention & controle en cancerologie : PCC JO - Cancer Prev Control VL - 3 IS - 1 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To document the perspectives, practices and knowledge of Canadian gynecologists regarding ovarian cancer. DESIGN: A mailed survey questionnaire was followed by a reminder card and a second mailing of the questionnaire. SETTING: A sample of all gynecologists practising in Canada. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Knowledge related to ovarian cancer. Practices related to the screening and detection of ovarian cancer. Attitudes towards ovarian cancer. Perceived role in the care of women at risk of, or diagnosed with, ovarian cancer. Perceived educational needs of gynecologists regarding ovarian cancer. RESULTS: A total of 504 completed questionnaires were returned, providing a response rate of 46%. Most gynecologists indicated that they knew the basic facts about ovarian cancer and risk factors. Practices related to asymptomatic, low-risk women were found to be mostly in accord with current guidelines and the lack of evidence for the effectiveness of tests. Practices regarding women with suspected early or late-stage ovarian cancer varied, particularly with regard to referral to gynecologic oncologists. Many respondents indicated that they have an important role to play in the care of women after they have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer or referred to another specialist. Respondents also expressed interest in obtaining additional information about ovarian cancer. CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that there is a need for the development and dissemination of evidence-based guidelines regarding ovarian cancer. It also pinpoints areas where educational efforts could be directed. SN - 1206-548X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10474755/Gynecologists'_perspectives_regarding_ovarian_cancer_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/5504 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -