TITLE

TWO WEEK CANCER GUIDELINES: INCREASED WORKLOAD FOR NO ADDED BENEFIT?

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA117
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents a study conducted to assess the impact that the switch from consultant allocation (CA) of urgent cases to two week cancer guideline (TWG) would have with respect to workload, patient throughput, and final diagnosis of the patients referred to the medical gastrointestinal (GI) department. Results of the study suggest that implementation of the TWG in place of CA leads to an almost threefold increase in number of patients classified as urgent with no increase in the pick up rate of cancer. If there were no associated increase in GI practitioners, it would lead to a delay in seeing patients with some cancers and other important non-malignant conditions.
ACCESSION #
13219272

 

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