Journal article

Implementing a QCancer risk tool into general practice consultations: an exploratory study using simulated consultations with Australian general practitioners

PP-C Chiang, D Glance, J Walker, FM Walter, JD Emery

BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANCER | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Reducing diagnostic delays in primary care by improving the assessment of symptoms associated with cancer could have significant impacts on cancer outcomes. Symptom risk assessment tools could improve the diagnostic assessment of patients with symptoms suggestive of cancer in primary care. We aimed to explore the use of a cancer risk tool, which implements the QCancer model, in consultations and its potential impact on clinical decision making. METHODS: We implemented an exploratory 'action design' method with 15 general practitioners (GPs) from Victoria, Australia. General practitioners applied the risk tool in simulated consultations, conducted semi-structured interviews based ..

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