Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1/1478
Title: Patterns of prostate-specific antigen testing by remoteness of residence and socio-economic status: An Australian population-based study
Authors: Calopedos, Ross J S ;Ruthven, Stephen ;Bang, A.;Baade, P.D.;Yu, X.Q.;Patel, M.I.;Smith, D.P.
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford Hospital
Issue Date: Jun-2019
Source: 27(3):216-223
Journal title: The Australian Journal of Rural Health
Department: Central Coast Cancer Centre
Urology
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Describes the variation in prostate cancer testing by the remoteness of residence and socio-economic status groups in Australia. DESIGN: A national population-based descriptive study using Medicare data extracted by the Department of Health (formerly the Department of Health and Ageing). SETTING: Australia. PARTICIPANTS: All men, with a Medicare-reimbursed prostate-specific antigen test conducted in Australia between 2002 and 2017, were included. We focused on "screening and case finding" tests (Medicare Benefits Schedule item number 66655) from 1 April 2005 to 31 December 2009, to describe testing differences in subgroups. Groups were categorised into State and Territory, socio-economic status and region of residence. A negative binomial regression model was fitted to measure the incidence rate ratios of those who had a screening prostate-specific antigen test by group. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Age-standardised testing rates and incidence rate ratios. RESULTS: Between 2002 and 2017, 11 588 775 screening prostate-specific antigen tests were reimbursed by the Department of Human Services. During 2005-2009, 52% of all Australian men, aged 40 years and over, had a screening test. The incidence rate ratios differed by State and Territory. Men aged 40 years and over, living in very remote areas, were 43% less likely to have had a screening test than residents of major cities. Prostate-specific antigen testing rates fell in all age groups between 2007 and 2009 and 2017. CONCLUSIONS: The prostate-specific antigen testing behaviour differs between community groups in Australia. Men were less likely to have had a screening prostate-specific antigen test the farther they lived from the major cities. This highlights the need for a more targeted approach to achieve an equitable and evidence-based prostate cancer care across all sectors of the community.
URI: https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/1478
DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12504
Pubmed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31070837
ISSN: 1038-5282
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Health Service Research

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