Research into practice: prompt diagnosis of cancer in primary care

Rubin, G. and Walter, F. and Emery, J. and Neal, R.D. and Hamilton, W. and Wardle, J. (2014) Research into practice: prompt diagnosis of cancer in primary care. British Journal of General Practice, 64 (625). pp. 428-430. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp14X681205

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Earlier diagnosis of symptomatic cancer has become increasingly recognised as holding the key to better cancer outcomes. Many Western governments have prioritised actions to achieve earlier diagnosis of cancer. England revised its cancer policy in 2007 to address this, with a National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) to drive forward research, development, and service improvement. Actions to improve care in England were led by the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) through Cancer Networks (now NHS Improving Quality and Strategic Clinical Networks), with GP cancer leads playing a key role to influence general practices. Public awareness of cancer has been raised through a sustained programme of media campaigns, currently led by Public Health England. The purpose of this article is to show how research to improve diagnosis of symptomatic cancer undertaken by the authors, together and in collaboration with others, has influenced policy and practice. Close engagement with the research community has been a feature of NAEDI throughout, and the research of this collaborative group has been supported via a designated NAEDI funding stream, through an National Institute for Health Research funded programme grant (DISCOVERY), and through the Department of Health�s Policy Research Unit for Cancer Awareness, Screening and Early Diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 03:47
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:55
ISSN: 0960-1643
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3622
Identification Number: DOI: 10.3399/bjgp14X681205
Publisher: Royal College of General Practitioners
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