TITLE

TWO WEEK RULE CANCER REFERRAL: DIRECT ENDOSCQPY VERSUS OUTPATIENT ASSESSMENT

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA110
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article audits the referral pattern within the "two week rule," comparing the efficacy of direct access colonoscopy with urgent outpatient assessment. In patients with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer median time from referral to histological diagnosis was 14.5 days in direct colonoscopy versus 25.5 days outpatient clinic. Referring patients directly for colonoscopy bypassing the traditional outpatient assessment leads to significantly reduced waiting times for histological diagnosis and commencement of treatment in patients with colorectal cancer referred under the two week rule.
ACCESSION #
13219244

 

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