Journal article

How do colorectal cancer patients rate their GP: a mixed methods study

Tania Blackmore, Lynne Chepulis, Rawiri Keenan, Jacquie Kidd, Tim Stokes, David Weller, Jon Emery, Ross Lawrenson

BMC FAMILY PRACTICE | BMC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: New Zealand (NZ) has a high incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC) and low rates of early diagnosis. With screening not yet nationwide, the majority of CRC is diagnosed through general practice. A good patient-general practitioner (GP) relationship can facilitate prompt diagnosis, but when there is a breakdown in this relationship, delays can occur. Delayed diagnosis of CRC in NZ receives a disproportionally high number of complaints directed against GPs, suggesting deficits in the patient-GP connection. We aimed to investigate patient-reported confidence and ratings of their GP following the diagnostic process. METHODS: This study is a mixed methods analysis of responses to a stru..

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