New study concludes that GPs appear to be diagnosing cancers earlier, helping to reduce the numbers of cancer patients receiving their diagnosis in accident and emergency (A&E) departments, thereby improving their chance of survival | British Journal of General Practice | via OnMedica
In this large study, the researchers studied Routes to Diagnosis data on 554,621 patients with cancer in England who presented as emergencies between 2006 to 2015. They found there was a decline in the annual rate of emergency presentations, with emergency referrals from GPs falling by about a half.
The authors suggested this was likely to reflect increasing use by GPs of the two week wait referral pathways, as well as reductions in emergency presentations following a GP referral, likely indicating a trend towards earlier diagnosis in general practice.
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Full article: Herbert A, Abel GA, Winters S, et al. | Cancer diagnoses after emergency GP referral or A&E attendance in England: determinants and time trends in Routes to Diagnosis data, 2006–2015 | British Journal of General Practice 2019