To compare information priorities of Canadian to those of Italian health-care professionals in the context of early-stage prostate cancer.
Oncologists (radiation and medical), nurses, and radiation-therapy technologists in each country were surveyed. Respondents rated the importance of addressing each of 78 questions with a case-scenario patient using either three (Italian survey) or four (Canadian survey) categories; the most important category was defined as "essential" in both countries. At least 67% identical responses on a specific question was considered "agreement."
Within each country, questions rated essential by most group members were similar across professions (all pairwise group correlations r>or=0.77, por=1.59, p