Is anyone listening? Variation in PSA screening among providers for men 75+ before and after United States preventive services task force recommendations against it: A retrospective cohort study

James Goodwin, Elizabeth Jaramillo, Liu Yang, Yong Fang Kuo, Alai Tan

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Background: In 2008, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended against prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for cancer screening in men age 75+. Purpose: To assess PSA screening by primary care physicians (PCPs) before and after recommendations. Methods: In 2013, this retrospective cohort study analyzed PCPs in Texas with 20+ male patients aged 75+ in both 2007 and 2010, with Parts A and B Medicare. The main outcome was percent of PCP's male patients 75+ who received PSA testing ordered by the PCP in 2007 and 2010, with no recent symptoms suggestive of prostate cancer. Results: In both 2007 and 2010, 1,083 PCPs cared for at least 20 men aged 75 or older. The rate of PSA screening ordered by PCPs was 33.2% in 2007 and 30.6% in 2010. In multilevel analyses controlling for patient characteristics, the variation in PSA screening attributable to the PCP (intraclass correlation coefficient) increased from 23% in 2007 to 26% in 2010, p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0107352
JournalPLoS One
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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