Patterns of Clinical Response to PSA Elevation in American Indian/Alaska Native Men: A Multi-center Pilot Study
Published Date:Nov 2013
Source:J Health Care Poor Underserved. 24(4):1676-1685.
Aged, 80 And Over
Community Health Services
Continuity Of Patient Care
Digital Rectal Examination
Indians, North American
Prostate Specific Antigen
Referral And Consultation
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4733625
Funding:CC999999/Intramural CDC HHS/United States
To assess clinical treatment patterns and response times among American Indian/Alaska Native men with a newly elevated PSA.
We retrospectively identified men ages 50–80 receiving care in one of three tribally-operated clinics in Northern Minnesota, one medical center in Alaska, and who had an incident PSA elevation (≥ 4 ng/ml) in a specified time period. A clinical response was considered timely if it was documented as occurring within 90 days of the incident PSA elevation.
Among 82 AI/AN men identified from medical records with an incident PSA elevation, 49 (60%) received a timely clinical response, while 18 (22%) had no documented clinical response.
One in five AI/AN men in our study had no documented clinical action following an incident PSA elevation. Although a pilot study, these findings suggest the need to improve the documentation, notification, and care following an elevated PSA at clinics serving AI/AN men.
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