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The prostate cancer screening debate: public reaction to medical controversy in the media.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19579539     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study explored older men's and their partners' reactions to a television news program on the medical debate surrounding the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer screening. Six focus groups, split by gender and socio-economic status (SES), were conducted with men aged 50 years or older (n = 28) and female partners of such men (n = 13). A self-completion questionnaire was also used to yield quantitative indices. In general, viewers appeared to appreciate from the debate that there was controversy surrounding prostate cancer screening, and they recognized that PSA testing is more applicable to certain subgroups of men. Although there were differences by SES and gender, the results suggest that exposing health consumers to medical uncertainty and "expert" conflict can help raise awareness of the issue and complexities involved. However, there was evidence to suggest that health consumers may be better able to negotiate conflicting medical information if the different sides of the argument are plainly noted and a clear distinction is made between opinion and evidence. This study has broader relevance to the management of media coverage of medical controversies by public health organizations.
Helen Dixon; Maree Scully; Melanie Wakefield; Michael Murphy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public understanding of science (Bristol, England)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0963-6625     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Underst Sci     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-07     Completed Date:  2009-07-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9306503     Medline TA:  Public Underst Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-28     Citation Subset:  QIS    
Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, The Cancer Council Victoria, Carlton, Victoria, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Focus Groups
Middle Aged
Prostate-Specific Antigen
Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
Public Opinion*
Sex Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
EC Antigen

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