Behind the U.S. News Top Doctors Survey on PSA Screening

Here's how we conducted the poll of leading urologists and internists.

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U.S. News & World Report editors teamed up with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. to survey a group of leading doctors on their opinions of PSA screening. Both urologists and internists were asked two questions related to the recent draft recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that doctors no longer conduct routine PSA screening for prostate cancer in seemingly healthy men.

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The same two-question, multiple-choice survey was distributed to a total of 602 urologists and internists. (Doctors also had the option to submit additional comments.) These were the questions:

1. Please select the statement below that best describes your view on PSA screening:

  • In general, men who do not have suspicious symptoms of prostate cancer should be advised against receiving PSA screening.
  • Men over 50 should be advised to receive PSA screening as part of a routine preventive examination, despite the Task Force's recommendation.

2. If you are male, would you consent to PSA screening at age 50 or older?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable – I'm female

Here are the results:

Urologists: 334 surveyed, 129 responses (38% response rate)

1. Please select the statement below that best describes your view on PSA screening:

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(Note: 3 doctors who responded to the survey skipped this question)

2. If you are male, would you consent to PSA screening at age 50 or older?

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(Note: 0 doctors who responded to the survey answered "Not applicable — I'm female")

Internists: 268 surveyed, 75 responses (28% response rate)

1. Please select the statement below that best describes your view on PSA screening:

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(Note: 2 doctors who responded to the survey skipped this question)

2. If you are male, would you consent to PSA screening at age 50 or older?

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 (Note: 7 doctors who responded to the survey answered "Not applicable — I'm female")

The results of this survey do not necessarily reflect the opinions of all urologists or internists, and they are not a representative sample of all practicing physicians in those specialties. Rather, the doctors included in the survey were selected from those who have been recognized as U.S. News Top Doctors. U.S. News developed its directory of Top Doctors in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America's Top Doctors® and other guides. Castle Connolly has identified more than 28,000 of the nation's best doctors based on a peer nomination process. The full methodology explains how those doctors were selected.

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