Differences in prostate disease symptoms and visits to the general practitioner among three ethnic groups in New Zealand

Gray, Marion A., Crampton, Peter, Weinstein, Philip, and Nacey, John (2004) Differences in prostate disease symptoms and visits to the general practitioner among three ethnic groups in New Zealand. B J U International, 94 (1). pp. 96-100.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To define lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and their relationship to general practitioner (GP) visits and ethnicity among men in the New Zealand (NZ) population-based Wellington Region Community Prostate Study. SUBJECTS AND METHODS

In 2001–2002 NZ European, Maori and Pacific Island participants were selected from the Wellington region of NZ. Demographic questions, the International Prostate Symptom Score and yearly GP attendance questions were completed by 862 subjects with no history of prostate cancer. RESULTS

There were no significant differences in LUTS among the ethnic groups (P = 0.80) but symptom scores were positively correlated with age only for NZ Europeans (P < 0.001, r = 0.179). Overall, NZ populations have a lower prevalence of LUTS than is evident for ethnic groups in other countries. Pacific Islanders attended the GP more often than both NZ Europeans and Maori. CONCLUSION

Ethnic differences in age-related urinary symptoms and visits to the GP are important for informing culturally appropriate clinical practice and prostate health promotion with minority groups.

Item ID: 9800
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: lower urinary tract symptoms; International Prostate Symptom Score; benign prostatic hyperplasia; ethnicity
ISSN: 1464-4096
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010 02:00
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920405 Environmental Health @ 49%
92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders @ 51%
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