PSA testing in General Practice

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A University of Otago research project:
PSA testing as a screening tool in General Practice

Thank you for showing an interest in this project. Please read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether or not to participate. If you decide to participate we thank you. If you decide not to take part there will be no disadvantage to you of any kind and we thank you for considering our request.

What is the Aim of the Project?
Population based screening for prostate cancer with PSA testing remains controversial. New Zealand General practitioners (GPs) are faced with making decisions about PSA testing in their everyday practice. For GP’s there are currently no national guidelines around screening for prostate cancer in asymptomatic men. This study aims to identify the current practises of GP’s around the use of PSA testing as a screening tool. The results will help guide future decisions about guidelines and determine the future of PSA testing in New Zealand.

What Type of Participants are being sought?
All GP’s currently practicing in New Zealand are being sought to complete this questionnaire. No exclusion criteria have been applied. With the aim to provide a complete cross section of all types of GP’s and the populations that they provide care for.

What will Participants be asked to do?
Should you agree to take part in this project, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that will take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is anonymous and there is no way that any GP can have their specific responses identified or tracked.
We are aware that your time is precious and thank you for this.
Please be aware that you may decide not to take part in the project without any disadvantage to yourself of any kind.

What Data or Information will be Collected and What Use will be Made of it?
All data collected is anonymous and unidentifiable. The data collected will be securely stored in such a way that only those mentioned below will be able to gain access to it. As required by the University's research policy, any raw data on which the results of the project depend will be retained in secure storage for five years, after which it will be destroyed.
This study is being carried out through the online surveymonkey website. We have made all attempts to ensure your privacy and can confirm that your email address will not be collected or stored by the website nor will your IP address be stored for tracking.
You may withdraw from participation in the project at any time and without any disadvantage to yourself of any kind.

What if Participants have any Questions?
If you have any questions about our project, either now or in the future, please feel free to contact either:-
Dr. Simon van Rij, Department of Urology, Wellington Hospital, Simon.vanrij@ccdhb.org.nz
or Professor John Nacey, Department of Surgery, Otago University, Wellington

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Surgery, University of Otago. If you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph 03 479 8256). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.
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