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Peter Vedsted

Quality deviations in cancer diagnosis: prevalence and time to diagnosis in general practice

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BACKGROUND High quality in every phase of cancer diagnosis is important to optimise the prognosis for the patient. General practice plays an important role in this phase. AIM The aim was to describe the prevalence and the types of quality deviations (QDs) that arise during the diagnostic pathway in general practice as assessed by GPs and to analyse the association between these QDs, the cancer type, and the GP's interpretation of presenting symptoms as well as the influence on the diagnostic interval. DESIGN AND SETTING A Danish retrospective cohort study based on questionnaire data from 1466 GPs on 5711 incident patients with cancer identified in the Danish National Patient Registry (response rate = 71.4%). The GP was involved in diagnosing in 4036 cases. METHOD Predefined QDs were prompted with the possibility for free text. QD prevalence was estimated as was the association between QDs and diagnosis, the GP's symptom interpretation, and time to diagnosis. RESULTS QDs were present for 30.4% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 29.0 to 31.9) of cancer patients. The most prevalent QD was 'retrospectively, one or more of my clinical decisions were less optimal'. QDs were most prevalent among patients with vague symptoms (24.1% for alarm symptoms versus 39.5% for vague symptoms [P
TidsskriftBritish Journal of General Practice
Sider (fra-til)e92-8
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2014

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