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Table 3 Perceived responsibility, knowledge and acceptability of GP cancer prevention role

From: Investigating the role of the general practitioner in cancer prevention: a mixed methods study

Responsibility Strongly agree Agree No opinion Disagree Strongly disagree
GPs should try and provide cancer prevention 29.3% (n=81) 63.4% (n=175) 3.6% (n=10) 3.6% (n=10) 0% (n=0)
GPs spend too much time on the treatment of cancer rather than providing cancer prevention 4.0% (n=11) 20.8% (n=57) 26.3% (n=72) 45.6% (n=125) 3.3% (n=9)
GPs have a responsibility to screen high-risk cancer groups 14.9% (n=41) 52.5% (n=145) 17.4% (n=48) 12.0% (n=33) 3.3% (n=9)
Knowledge Strongly agree Agree No opinion Disagree Strongly disagree
I have sufficient knowledge to educate clients about cancer prevention 11.3% (n=31) 63.3% (n=174) 15.3% (n=42) 9.1% (n=25) 1.1% (n=3)
I require up-to-date information on cancer prevention strategies 10.9% (n=30) 54.7% (n=151) 17.0% (n=47) 16.7% (n=46) 0.7% (n=2)
I require a better understanding of how to change opinions regarding cancer prevention 6.9% (n=19) 53.1% (n=146) 20.7% (n=57) 17.5% (n=48) 1.8% (n=5)
Perceived Acceptability Strongly agree Agree No opinion Disagree Strongly disagree
Patients are very set in their ways and do not want to change 4.0% (n=11) 36.3% (n=101) 11.9% (n=33) 46.8% (n=130) 1.1% (n=3)
Patients do not like the GP to meddle in their private life 2.5% (n=7) 16.2% (n=45) 15.5% (n=43) 62.5% (n=173) 3.2% (n=9)
Patients do not approach their GP for advice on cancer prevention 1.8% (n=5) 25.7% (n=71) 8.7% (n=24) 62.0% (n=171) 1.8% (n=5)
GPs may increase anxiety in the patient population by undertaking cancer prevention activities 2.5% (n=7) 32.9% (n=91) 15.5% (n=43) 45.5% (n=125) 4.0% (n=11)
After consultation with a client on cancer risk, I don’t think they will follow my recommendation 2.2% (n=6) 11.2% (n=31) 32.1% (n=89) 51.3% (n=142) 3.2% (n=9)