The role of primary and community-based healthcare professionals in early detection of cancer care: a rapid review of best practice models
2013 PHC Research Conference: Symposia abstract
Aims & rationale/Objectives
To determine (1) current best practice models for early detection of cancer that include a role for primary care health professionals (2) the evidence of effectiveness for these models and (3) key drivers for implementation for the high incidence cancers (breast, colorectal, prostate and lung).
Primary care can make important contributions to the effective delivery of cancer screening programs and the early detection of cancer.The outcomes of our rapid review in relation to cancer screening, symptoms as predictors of underlying cancer and models of care to improve cancer diagnosis will be described and the recommendations arising from the review discussed.
Relevance to conference theme
Enhancing the capacity of primary and community-based healthcare professionals to improve the early detection of cancer and improve outcomes for cancer patients can be achieved through implementation of organisational change to increase cancer screening uptake and informed participation and better definition of referral pathways. Further research is required to help inform these strategies.
Mazza D. (2013). The role of primary and community-based healthcare professionals in early detection of cancer care: a rapid review of best practice models. In: 2013 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/7501