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GPs in UK follow lung cancer guidelines less closely than in other countries, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 01 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i604
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

GPs in the United Kingdom adhere less closely to lung cancer guidelines than those working in other countries but show similar or better adherence to guidelines on colorectal cancer, a study of six similar countries has found.1

Many countries have cancer guidelines to support GPs in deciding when to refer patients or investigate symptoms further, recognising their central role in achieving earlier diagnosis as part of improving outcomes with most cancers. The study set out to explore what actions GPs in different countries took to possible cancer symptoms and …

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