Optimising recognition and referral across the patient pathway in primary care

Programme stream(s): Early detection / diagnosis and prognosis
Programme session type(s): Parallel session

Chair: Willie Hamilton, University of Exeter
Speaker: Kate Brain, Cardiff University
Speaker: Hardeep Singh, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Speaker: Richard Neal, University of Leeds

11:00 am-12:30 pm

Room: Boisdale

It is easy to assume that recognition and referral of patients with cancer can be a smooth linear process. It goes like this: patient recognizes a problem; doctor recognizes possible cancer and refers, specialist does a test. In practice, it is far from linear. For many reasons patients may not engage with healthcare; for many reasons, the doctor may not spot cancer is possible, or may not refer anyway. Finally cancer testing is no longer the specialist’s province alone. Many tests (old and new) can be performed in the community. But this brings problems: health care systems are not perfect, and mistakes happen.

Our speakers will tackle four aspects: patient, primary care; errors and pitfalls and new roles for testing.