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General practitioner attitudes towards prescribing aspirin to carriers of Lynch Syndrome: findings from a national survey

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Sir John BurnORCiD



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A dose non-inferiority study comparing 100 mg, 300 mg and 600 mg of aspirin for cancer prevention among Lynch Syndrome carriers is underway (Colorectal Adenoma/Carcinoma Prevention Programme trial 3, CaPP3). To guide implementation of the findings, we investigated general practitioner (GP) attitudes towards aspirin prescribing for Lynch Syndrome carriers. We surveyed 1007 UK GPs (9.6% response rate). Using a within-subjects design, GPs read a statement on harms and benefits of aspirin and indicated their willingness to prescribe aspirin at three doses (100 mg, 300 mg, 600 mg). Approximately two-thirds (70.8%) of GPs had heard of Lynch Syndrome or its associated names, and among those 46.7% were aware of the cancer preventive effects of aspirin among carriers. Two-thirds (68.1%) of GPs reported feeling comfortable discussing harms and benefits of aspirin with a Lynch Syndrome patient. Willingness to prescribe was 91.3% at 100 mg, and declined to 81.8% at 300 mg and 62.3% at 600 mg (p < 0.001). In multivariable analyses, willingness to prescribe (600 mg) was higher among GPs ≥50 years (OR 1.46, 95% CI 1.03-2.07), more experienced GPs (OR 1.50, 95% CI 1.10-2.04), GPs who were aware of the cancer preventive effects of aspirin (OR 1.58, 95% CI 1.20-2.09), and those who reported seeing a Lynch Syndrome patient in practice (OR 1.44, 95% CI 1.01-2.05, p = 0.045). GPs report limited awareness of Lynch Syndrome and the preventive effects of aspirin among carriers. To ensure the optimal dose identified in the CaPP3 trial is readily available to patients, prescribing guidance and strategies to educate GPs should be developed.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Smith SG, Foy R, McGowan J, Kobayashi LC, Burn J, Brown K, Side L, Cuzick J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Familial Cancer

Year: 2017

Volume: 16

Issue: 4

Pages: 509-516

Print publication date: 01/10/2017

Online publication date: 22/04/2017

Acceptance date: 22/04/2017

Date deposited: 30/05/2017

ISSN (print): 1389-9600

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7292

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s10689-017-9986-9

PubMed id: 28434157


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