Continuity of care could cut delays in cancer diagnosis

Primary care delays in diagnosing cancer: what is causing them and what can we do about them?

From Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Continuity of care so that all patients see the same GP with whom they build up a relationship over time could help reduce delays in the diagnosis of cancer in primary care. In this essay a team of primary care experts write that this, together with longer consultations and better distribution of information to GPs about referral pathways or new services could have a wide reaching impact on the early diagnosis of cancer and survival. Yet, write the authors, recent changes in the structure of the NHS and the continuing pressure on limited resources and increasing demand means this may be difficult to implement. Late diagnosis is a major contributing factor to poor cancer survival rates in the UK and it has been suggested that over 10,000 deaths a year might be avoided if survival rates matched the best in Europe.

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Essay details
Thomas Round, Liz Steed, Judith Shankleman, Liam Bourke, and Liliana Risi
Primary care delays in diagnosing cancer: what is causing them and what can we do about them?
J R Soc Med 0141076813504744, first published on October 9, 2013 doi:10.1177/0141076813504744

 

 

     
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