Selvochandran, S. N.; Hodder, R.; Ballal, M.; Code, D.
April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA19
Academic Journal
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.


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