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Table 5 Oncology topic perceived importance and prevalence of current teaching

From: Oncology education for family medicine residents: a national needs assessment survey

Topic Surveyed Group
  Residents
(N = 150)
PDs
(N = 17)
  Mean Importancea Currently taught Mean Importancea Currently taught
Performing pap smears 4.9 99% 5.0 100%
Screening for common cancers 4.9 100% 4.9 100%
Breaking bad news 4.8 96% 5.0 93%
Cancer prevention 4.7 95% 5.0 93%
Approach to patient with increased risk of cancer 4.7 92% 4.7 93%
Palliative care 4.6 89% 5.0 100%
Approach to diagnosis 4.5 89% 4.7 93%
Providing psychosocial support 4.4 75% 4.8 87%
Performing skin biopsy 4.3 85% 4.9 100%
Appropriate referrals to cancer specialists 4.2 52% 4.3 73%
Post-treatment surveillance for recurrence 4.1 36% 4.0 47%
Managing common complications 4.0 40% 3.6 40%
Managing common treatment side effects 4.0 39% 4.4 47%
Epidemiology of common cancers 3.9 80% 3.2 67%
Prognosis of common cancers 3.8 44% 3.6 20%
Management of long term complications from treatment 3.7 18% 3.4 13%
Management of common cancers 3.5 36% 3.6 40%
Approach to cancer treatment 3.1 34% 3.7 64%
Approach to staging cancer 2.9 24% 2.5 20%
Performing fine needle biopsy 2.8 15% 2.9 21%
Performing bone marrow biopsy 1.8 3% 1.5 0%
  1. aLikert scale out of 5, 5 = very important, 1 = not important