Although health care organizations differ in their recommendations for use of
for prostate cancer screening, they agree that the decision to undergo PSA testing should be shared by patients and clinicians.
‘New innovative strategies need to be developed to improve shared decision-making for men who are considering prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.’
The study compared responses to the National Health Interview Survey in 2010 and 2015 among men age 50 and older (n=9598).
In this nationally representative sample, a similar proportion (approximately 60 percent) of men with recent PSA testing reported one or more elements of shared decision-making in both 2010 and 2015.
They also reported a modest shift away from discussions limited to the advantages of PSA testing toward full shared decision-making in which advantages, disadvantages, and uncertainties were discussed (12 percent of recently-tested men in 2010 compared to 17 percent in 2015).
One in 10 men who did not receive PSA testing reported receiving one or more elements of shared decision-making, a number which did not change during the study period.
The results suggest that, contrary to guideline recommendations, many men receiving PSA testing still do not receive shared decision-making and a limited number of men without PSA testing receive one or more shared decision-making elements.
The authors call for new and innovative strategies to achieve more widespread application of shared decision-making for men considering PSA testing.