Guideline for Referral of Patients with Suspected Prostate Cancer by Family Physicians and Other Primary Care Providers

This is a clinical practice guideline for referral of patients with suspected prostate cancer by family physicians and other primary care providers. More specifically, the guidelines provide recommendations for referral based on digital rectal examination (DRE) findings and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test results. The research questions that guided the development of recommendations included: what signs, symptoms, and other clinical features that present in primary care are predictive of prostate cancer; what is the diagnostic accuracy of investigations commonly considered for patients presenting with signs and/or symptoms of prostate cancer; and what major, known risk factors increase the likelihood of prostate cancer in patients presenting with signs and/or symptoms of prostate cancer.