Patients prefer hospital follow up for cancer

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7019.1574c (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1574
  1. Rob Glynne-Jones,
  2. Ian Chait,
  3. Sally Thomas,
  4. Ivan Trotman
  1. Consultant clinical oncologist Hospital practitioner Barnet General Hospital, Barnet, Hertfordshire EN5 3DJ
  2. Research associate Health Research Centre, Middlesex University, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 4SF
  3. Consultant physician Michael Sobell House, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex HA6 2RN

    EDITOR,--The response to John Dewar's call for a reappraisal of follow up care for patients with breast cancer1 shows the gap between patients' and general practitioners' views on this topic. While Eva Grunfeld and colleagues report general practitioners' preference for a system of follow up in general practice,2 qualitative data from patients show their preference for hospital follow up, which is perceived as the “best defence against a recurrence of their cancer.”3

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