Uptake of clinical practice recommendations for treatment of DCIS & experience of being diagnosed with this disease

Lead researcher

Victoria White (CBRC); Paul Kitchen (St.Vincent's Hospital); Bircan Erbas (University of Melbourne); Elmer Villanueva (National Breast Cancer Centre)

Years funded
2006 - 2010

This project investigated whether the release of national clinical practice recommendations for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) influenced clinical practice. This project involved assessment of the management of all DCIS cases diagnosed in the 12 months immediately prior to the release of the treatment recommendations (2002-03) and all cases diagnosed in a comparable 12-month period three years after the recommendations were released (2006-07). In addition, the project surveyed women diagnosed with DCIS in 2006-07 to examine their experiences of being diagnosed for DCIS, their involvement in treatment decisions and factors influencing treatment decisions. The specific aims of the project are:

  1. To examine the impact of clinical practice recommendations for the management of Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) of the breast on clinical practice by assessing change in practice between 2002/03 (pre recommendations) and 2006/07 (post recommendations release).
  2. To determine awareness of and attitudes towards the recommendations among surgeons treating DCIS and to examine the relationship between these attitudes and clinical practice.
  3. To examine women's experience of a DCIS diagnosis, their understanding of its prognosis and involvement in treatment decisions after release of a consumer guide in 2004.

Contact: Vicki White at cbrc@cancervic.org.au

Publications: currently under review 

Funding Body

National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)