Prostate cancer is getting more and more attention these days, as it should: it’s the second leading cause of cancer death among men in the U.S. The usefulness of the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test is widely debated, but every man is advised to discuss the potential risks and benefits of screening with his physician, so that he can make an informed choice about screening. In this study, researchers developed and evaluated a worksite model for prostate cancer education designed to promote informed decision-making regarding screening. Worksites provide access to a large segment of the at-risk population, a location where educational events can be held, and a setting where programs can be institutionalized over time. This study used a randomized controlled design, including an intervention condition that included an interactive, computerized decision aid to facilitate individualized screening decisions. The primary outcome was informed decision making. Secondary outcomes include satisfaction with the decision-making process and with the decision. Researchers plan to adapt this model for broad dissemination to other worksites, alternative community settings, and diverse audiences.
Principal Investigator: Jennifer D. Allen
Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Funding Dates: October 1, 2004 – September 30, 2007
For more information, contact Jennifer Allen.
Allen JD, Mohllajee AP, Shelton RC, Drake BF, Mars DR. A computer-tailored intervention to promote informed decision making for prostate cancer screening among African-American men. Am J Mens Health. 2009 Dec;3(4):340-51. Epub 2008 Oct 20.