Patients with colorectal cancer: a qualitative study of referral pathways and continuing care

Harris, Mark F., Pascoe, Shane, Crossland, Lisa, Bellby, Justin, Veitch, Craig, Spigelman, Allan and Weller, David (2012) Patients with colorectal cancer: a qualitative study of referral pathways and continuing care. Australian Family Physician, 41 11: 899-902.

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Author Harris, Mark F.
Pascoe, Shane
Crossland, Lisa
Bellby, Justin
Veitch, Craig
Spigelman, Allan
Weller, David
Title Patients with colorectal cancer: a qualitative study of referral pathways and continuing care
Journal name Australian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0300-8495
Publication date 2012-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 41
Issue 11
Start page 899
End page 902
Total pages 4
Place of publication South Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: This article explores the views of general practitioners on their referral of colorectal cancer patients following diagnosis to specialist surgeons. Methods: Sampling was purposive. Nineteen GPs representing urban and rural areas participated in four focus groups. Results: General practitioners viewed their relationship with surgeons to be of prime importance in the decision about whom to refer. This relationship allowed faster referrals and improved feedback from the specialist to the GP. General practitioners preferred referral to the private health services because they perceived delays in the public system and that referral and communication was easier with private specialists. Neither the volume of colorectal cancer work nor the availability of a multidisciplinary team influenced their decision making. Discussion The relationship and communication between GP and surgeon are important in facilitating the referral pathway and the continuing role that many GPs would like to have in the care of their patients.
Keyword Colorectal cancer
Referral and consultation
General practitioners
Qualitative research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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