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An internal examination of colorectal cancer management in New Zealand

38 months
Approved budget:
Professor Michael Findlay
Health issue:
Cancer (oncology)
Proposal type:
Joint Research Partnership Project
Lay summary
This project will look at urban/rural disparities as well as socioeconomic and ethnicity factors in the management of colorectal cancer patients following diagnosis across New Zealand, with the hypothesis that rural patients have inferior access to timely and appropriate treatment options and therefore worse outcomes. The aim of the project is to use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of service delivery to identify differences in the management of urban and rural patients, and through formation of a national advisory group develop recommendations for service change that can later be used to assess improvement. This will be the most comprehensive national cohort study of colorectal cancer conducted to date.