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Diagnostic delay in neoplastic disease.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
0035-8797
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
197
Pages
724–728
Identifiers
PMID: 553174
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

It may be possible to measure quality of care in general practice by selecting a single criterion of care such as the delay in the recognition of neoplastic disease. Seven general practitioners reported on 55 new cases and the results are analysed according to age, sex, and diagnostic category. An attempt is made to quantify ;quality' by comparing the theoretical ;ideal' delay (retrospectively assessed) with the ;actual' delay. The wider implications of the study are discussed.

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