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Men affected by prostate cancer: A survey of general practitioner’s learning needs

Moule, Pam; Pollard, Katherine; Gibbard, Emma


Pam Moule

Emma Gibbard


Background: With incidence rates for prostate cancer increasing each year in the UK, information and support for men with prostate cancer is crucial, yet GPs have identified this as an area where they lack knowledge and confidence. Prostate Cancer UK commissioned a training needs analysis for healthcare professionals to inform the development of their education and training strategy. This paper presents the findings for GPs, from a wider study of healthcare professionals.
Aim: To complete a review of current education provision and need to inform the development of an educational strategy for healthcare professionals in the UK.
Method: A mixed methods study including a web-based review of education provision in prostate cancer in the UK, an online questionnaire and telephone interviews.
Results: The web-site search identified five educational opportunities specifically targeted at GPs. A total of 72 GPs responded to the online questionnaire. Of those responding, 39 (54.2%) GPs identified the need for further education and training in order to care effectively for men with prostate cancer.
Conclusion: GPs identified a number of training needs to enable them to support men with prostate cancer. There was no clear preferred mode of educational delivery, with online learning seen as acceptable.


Moule, P., Pollard, K., & Gibbard, E. (2015). Men affected by prostate cancer: A survey of general practitioner’s learning needs. Education for Primary Care, 25, 257-262

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Education in Primary Care
Print ISSN 1473-9879
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Pages 257-262
Keywords general practitioners, prostate cancer, survey, education development, primary health care
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