Journal article

Exploring public attitudes towards the new Faster Diagnosis Standard for cancer: a focus group study with the UK public.

Marianne Piano, Georgia Black, Dorothee Amelung, Emily Power, Katriina L Whitaker

British Journal of General Practice | Royal College of General Practitioners | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: The Faster Diagnosis Standard (FDS) is to be introduced in England in 2020. This standard is a new policy in which patients should have cancer ruled out or diagnosed within 28 days of referral. AIM: To explore public attitudes towards the FDS within the context of their recent referral experiences. DESIGN AND SETTING: Four 90-minute focus groups (two in Guildford, two in Bradford). METHOD: Participants aged >50 years without a current cancer diagnosis (N = 29), who had completed certain diagnostic tests, for example, ultrasound, and received results within the last 6 months were recruited. Age, education, and sex were evenly distributed across groups through purposive sampling. R..

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