Project

Professor Ross Lawrenson
University of Waikato
Reducing delay and increasing access to early diagnosis for colorectal cancer
$1,195,378
36 months

Lay summary

Early diagnosis is a key factor in improving outcomes for colorectal cancer patients. A major 2015 review on time to diagnosis and to treatment of cancer concluded that expediting the diagnosis of symptomatic colorectal cancer, is likely to have benefits for patients in terms of earlier stage diagnosis, improved survival and improved quality of life. We will investigate patient and provider delays, interview patients for their experience, analyse referral pathways, and review GP practice. Key outcomes for the project include a reduction in intervals to diagnosis, standardised follow-up pathways despite negative tests, and improvements in the primary/secondary care interface (e-referrals).

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