Journal article

Benefits and harms of aspirin to reduce colorectal cancer risk: a cross-sectional study of methods to communicate risk in primary care

Peter Nguyen, Jennifer McIntosh, Adrian Bickerstaffe, Sanjaya Maddumarachchi, Kara-Lynne Cummings, Jon D Emery

BRITISH JOURNAL OF GENERAL PRACTICE | ROYAL COLL GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: New Australian guidelines recommend that GPs actively consider prescribing low-dose aspirin to patients aged 50-70 years to reduce their risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC). Patients and GPs need to understand the relative benefits and harms to support informed decision making. AIM: To develop and examine different methods to communicate the benefits and harms of taking aspirin for CRC prevention. DESIGN AND SETTING: A cross-sectional, vignette study with patients aged 50-70 years consecutively recruited from general practices in Melbourne, Australia, between July and August 2018. METHOD: Summary estimates from meta-analyses of the effects of aspirin on the incidence of CR..

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