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GP practices with low referral rates for gastroscopy put patients at risk of worse outcomes, research shows

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 13 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3855
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Rates of referral for endoscopy vary hugely between general practices in England, new research shows. Patients from practices with low referral rates are at increased risk of a poor outcome from oesophageal and gastric cancer, the researchers said.

The findings of the retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics from 2006 to 2008 were presented at the annual conference of Public Health England’s National Cancer Intelligent Network this week. Researchers from the department …

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