TITLE

FOUR YEARS EXPERIENCE OF AN ALGORITHM FOR COLORECTAL REFERRALS

AUTHOR(S)
Selvochandran, S. N.; Hodder, R.; Ballal, M.; Code, D.
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA19
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on four years experience of an algorithm for colorectal referrals. Demand beyond capacity and introduction of the 2 week rule have stimulated original ways of prioritising colorectal referrals. A patient consultation questionnaire (PCQ), completed by the patients themselves, was devised in 1998. An algorithm based on 17 factors in the PCQ produced a weighted numerical score (WNS) prior to starting the study. From October 1999 all patients referred to a surgical colorectal unit with primary colorectal symptoms had a WNS generated by the above algorithm from the PCQ.
ACCESSION #
13218886

 

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