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Article Dans Une Revue La Presse Médicale Année : 2017

[Rates of total and free PSA prescriptions in France (2012-2014)].

Analyse des prescriptions de PSA total et libre en France entre 2012 et 2014


Background: In 2010, the French Haute Autorité de santé (National Health Authority) confirmed the limited value of prostate cancer (PCa) screening by total prostate-specific antigen (PSA) assay. Objective: This study was designed to determine the modalities of ordering total PSA or free PSA assays (in the absence of PCa) according to various parameters and the corresponding sums reimbursed. Methods: Men aged 40 years and older covered by the national health insurance general scheme (73% of the French population) between 2012 and 2014 were selected. Data were derived from the Système national d'information inter-régimes de l'assurance maladie (Sniiram) (National health insurance information system) database. Results: In 2014, 27% of the 11.6 million men 40 years and older underwent at least one total PSA assay and 5.6% underwent at least one free PSA assay, with marked variations according to the presence or absence of treated lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) (53% and 15% vs 24% and 5%) and from one administrative department to another. The peak total PSA assay rate was observed between the ages of 65 and 74 years: 64% of men with LUTS, 46% without LUTS. Between 2012 and 2014, men in whom at least one PSA assay had been performed underwent a mean of 1.8 total PSA assays and 1.7 free PSA assays, with means of 2.3 and 2, respectively, in the presence of LUTS. General practice specialists ordered 91% of the PSA tests reimbursed in 2014 (92% for total PSA and 87% for free PSA) and urologists ordered 4% of reimbursed tests. The total sum reimbursed was €28.5 million, comprising €8.7 million for free PSA. An average of 10 laboratory tests was performed at the same time as the PSA assay in the absence of treated LUTS. Conclusion: Total PSA and free PSA assays are performed in a large number of men, although the value of these tests as first-line test before biopsy remains controversial. These PSA assays are associated with many other laboratory tests looking for possible abnormalities, especially in younger men, and their relevance may therefore not be specifically discussed with the patient.


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hal-03578718 , version 1 (17-02-2022)



Philippe Tuppin, Claire Leboucher, Gabrielle Peyre-Lanquar, Pierre-Jean Lamy, Pierre Gabach, et al.. Analyse des prescriptions de PSA total et libre en France entre 2012 et 2014. La Presse Médicale, 2017, 46 (10), pp.e237-e247. ⟨10.1016/j.lpm.2017.04.015⟩. ⟨hal-03578718⟩
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