The role of general practice in cancer care

Mitchell, Geoffrey K. (2008) The role of general practice in cancer care. Australian Family Physician, 37 9: 698-702.

Author Mitchell, Geoffrey K.
Title The role of general practice in cancer care
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2008-09-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 37
Issue 9
Start page 698
End page 702
Total pages 5
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College General Practitioners
Language eng
Subject C1
920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
111717 Primary Health Care
Abstract Background
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND The incidence of cancer is rising, so the workload of managing cancer is increasing rapidly. Among the advances in cancer care are advances in coordination of care, with team care being a preferred method.

OBJECTIVE This article examines the role of the general practitioner, by looking at each step in the patient’s cancer journey. The current role of the GP and practice staff is examined, as well as potential roles that can be undertaken to maximise the role of general practice in an integrated cancer service.

DISCUSSION A complete rethink of how cancer is managed, in particular defining the roles that must be performed by specialists and those that can be performed in primary care, needs to take place in order to deal with the rising cancer incidence in Australia. General practice must prepare to modify how it works to meet this challenge, in a similar way to confronting the rising tide of other chronic illnesses.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
Discipline of General Practice Publications
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