The debate over the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) final recommendation on PSA testing continued this week. Michael Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, and Mary McNaughton-Collins, medical director, each had an opportunity to speak on NPR radio programs about the USPSTF recommendation this week. They voiced their views on the recommendation—both from the perspective of the Foundation and as practicing primary care physicians.
Below are the two NPR segments featuring Michael and Mary, along with other respected panelists.
Michael: With PSA Testing The Power Of Anecdote Often Trumps Statistics
Mary: With Prostate Cancer Is It Better Not To Know?
You may also be interested in this New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece "One Man at a time—Resolving the PSA Controversy.” In this piece, co-written by Michael and Mary, they explain why the ultimate decision whether or not to have the test should rest in the hands of an informed patient.