Podcasts, or episodic digital audio recordings, represent a novel way to reach large audiences for public education. Genetic evaluation has important implications for prostate cancer (PCa) care but is underutilized. We created a series of five podcasts about PCa genetics and tested their usefulness in raising awareness and providing education to lay audiences.
We recruited 157 men and women from the general public and 100 patients with PCa from across the U.S., who listened to a podcast and completed an online survey. The primary outcome was the perceived usefulness of the podcast (score ≥5 on a published 7-point Likert scale). Secondary outcomes were relevance to informational needs, satisfaction and ease of use, as well as genetic knowledge and attitudes toward genetic testing after listening to the podcasts.
The podcasts were associated with high mean scores for perceived usefulness (5.6/7), relevance to informational needs (5.6/7), satisfaction (5.8/7), and ease of use (5.9/7). After listening to the podcasts, 80–100% correctly answered most key knowledge questions about PCa genetics, and 85% had a positive attitude toward genetic testing. On multivariable analysis, the perceived usefulness of the podcasts was higher among Black/Hispanic adults (p = 0.05) and those with a family history of PCa (p = 0.01).
A podcast series on PCa genetics was perceived as useful and associated with high rates of knowledge for patients with PCa and the general public. Podcasts represent a promising new educational tool to raise awareness about PCa genetic evaluation, particularly for high-risk groups.
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This study is supported by the Department of Defense (W81XWH2010310).
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Loeb, S., Sanchez Nolasco, T., Siu, K. et al. Usefulness of podcasts to provide public education on prostate cancer genetics. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41391-023-00648-4