Journal article

Barriers and enablers to the implementation of protocol-based imaging in pancreatic cancer: A qualitative study using the theoretical domains framework

Ashika D Maharaj, Sue M Evans, John R Zalcberg, Liane J Ioannou, Marnie Graco, Daniel Croagh, Charles HC Pilgrim, Theresa Dodson, David Goldstein, Jennifer Philip, James G Kench, Neil D Merrett, Rachel E Neale, Kate White, Peter Evans, Trevor Leong, Sally E Green



BACKGROUND: Accurate pre-operative imaging plays a vital role in patient selection for surgery and in allocating stage-appropriate therapies to patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (PC). This study aims to: (1) understand the current diagnosis and staging practices for PC; and (2) explore the factors (barriers and enablers) that influence the use of a pancreatic protocol computed tomography (PPCT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to confirm diagnosis and/or accurately stage PC. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with radiologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists from the states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, Australia. Intervie..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors of this study would like to acknowledge the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for the Pancreatic Cancer Registry for Quality Improvement (PCR4QI) grant [grant number APP1125395].