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Concordance with urgent referral guidelines in patients presenting with any of six ‘alarm’ features of possible cancer: a retrospective cohort study using linked primary care records.

Wiering B, Lyratzopoulos G, Hamilton W, et al. Concordance with urgent referral guidelines in patients presenting with any of six ‘alarm’ features of possible cancer: a retrospective cohort study using linked primary care records. BMJ Qual Saf. 2022;31(8):579-589. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-013425

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August 10, 2022
Wiering B, Lyratzopoulos G, Hamilton W, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2022;31(8):579-589.

Delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. This retrospective study linking data reflecting primary and secondary care as well as cancer registry data found that only 40% of patients presenting with common possible cancer features received an urgent referral to specialist care within 14 days. Findings revealed that a significant number of these patients developed cancer within one year. 

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Wiering B, Lyratzopoulos G, Hamilton W, et al. Concordance with urgent referral guidelines in patients presenting with any of six ‘alarm’ features of possible cancer: a retrospective cohort study using linked primary care records. BMJ Qual Saf. 2022;31(8):579-589. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-013425