In recent years, the role of primary care physicians in the diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal disorders, including screening for colorectal cancer, has been recognized as very important.
Dr Apostolos Papalois
and colleagues from Greece review the current knowledge of the role of primary care physicians in increasing the rate and successfully implementing a screening program for colorectal cancer by applying the relevant international guidelines.
|Factors influencing primary care physician response included lack of time, and patient reluctance|
|European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology|
The team found that primary care physicians are not adequately following colorectal cancer screening guidelines because a number of factors have been identified as significant barriers to the proper application of colorectal cancer screening guidelines.
The researchers identified these factors included lack of time, patient reluctance, and challenges related to scheduling colonoscopy.
Further positive engagement of primary care physicians with colorectal cancer screening is required to overcome these barriers and reach acceptable levels in screening rates.
Dr Papalois' team concludes, "To meet the expectations of modern medicine, primary care physicians should not only be able to recommend occult blood testing or colonoscopy but also, under certain conditions, able to perform colonoscopy."