Current lung cancer screening practice amongst general practitioners in Western Australia: a cross-sectional study

David Manners, Helen Wilcox, Annette McWilliams, Francesco Piccolo, Helena Liira, Fraser Brims

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Lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography (LDCT) is recommended in the USA and Canada for high-risk smokers but not in Australia. We administered a cross-sectional survey to Western Australian general practitioners (GP). The majority (64/93, 69%) reported requesting a screening chest X-ray (42/93, 45%) and/or LDCT (38/93, 41%) in the past year. LDCT screening was more common if the GP had received education from radiology practices (odds ratio (OR) 2.81, P = 0.03) or if they believed screening is funded by the Medical Benefits Scheme (OR 3.57, P = 0.02). Lung cancer screening with LDCT is occurring outside a coordinated programme, contrary to Australian guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-80
Number of pages3
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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