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More must be done for head and neck cancer patients, audit shows

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4575 (Published 11 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4575
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Only 1 in 15 head and neck cancer patients receives all six elements of care recommended in the “ideal patient pathway,” the latest audit of cancer care in England has found.1

The ninth national head and neck cancer audit, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, examined how well England’s 28 regional cancer networks were providing the ideal patient pathway, which aims to ensure that patients with head and neck cancer receive holistic and integrated care.

The pathway, based on agreed national standards developed by the British Association of Head and Neck …

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