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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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