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Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2009;12(3):288-95. doi: 10.1038/pcan.2009.9. Epub 2009 Apr 7.

Primary care physician practices in the diagnosis, treatment and management of men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

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Division of Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

To describe practice patterns of primary care physicians (PCPs) for the diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), we surveyed 556 PCPs in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles (RR=52%). Only 62% reported ever seeing a patient like the one described in the vignette. In all, 16% were 'not at all' familiar with CP/CPPS, and 48% were 'not at all' familiar with the National Institutes of Health classification scheme. PCPs reported practice patterns regarding CP/CPPS, which are not supported by evidence. Although studies suggest that CP/CPPS is common, many PCPs reported little or no familiarity, important knowledge deficits and limited experience in managing men with this syndrome.

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19350050
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PMC2736310
DOI:
10.1038/pcan.2009.9
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