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GP-patient communication about possible cancer in primary care: Re-evaluating GP as gatekeeper

GP-patient communication about possible cancer in primary care: Re-evaluating GP as gatekeeper
GP-patient communication about possible cancer in primary care: Re-evaluating GP as gatekeeper
As possibilities for the early detection of indolent cancers, and precursors to cancer, multiply, GPs will increasingly be involved in discussions with patients about risks and benefits of early diagnosis and treatment. Over time, improvements in evidence may decrease uncertainty about outcomes for patients and clinicians. However, where survival benefits are small, or uncertain, or risks are unacceptable to patients, grounds for preference‐sensitive decision‐making will remain. How risks and benefits of early detection, and the significance of indolent or low risk cancers, are communicated, will be key, if overtreatment and overdiagnosis are to be avoided
GP-patient communication, overdiagnsois, PRIMARY CARE
0961-5423
Brindle, Lucy
17158264-2a99-4786-afc0-30990240436c
Brindle, Lucy
17158264-2a99-4786-afc0-30990240436c

Brindle, Lucy (2017) GP-patient communication about possible cancer in primary care: Re-evaluating GP as gatekeeper. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26 (3), [e12699]. (doi:10.1111/ecc.12699).

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Abstract

As possibilities for the early detection of indolent cancers, and precursors to cancer, multiply, GPs will increasingly be involved in discussions with patients about risks and benefits of early diagnosis and treatment. Over time, improvements in evidence may decrease uncertainty about outcomes for patients and clinicians. However, where survival benefits are small, or uncertain, or risks are unacceptable to patients, grounds for preference‐sensitive decision‐making will remain. How risks and benefits of early detection, and the significance of indolent or low risk cancers, are communicated, will be key, if overtreatment and overdiagnosis are to be avoided

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 April 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 May 2017
Published date: May 2017
Additional Information: Themed section: Primary care and cancer control
Keywords: GP-patient communication, overdiagnsois, PRIMARY CARE

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Local EPrints ID: 434380
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/434380
ISSN: 0961-5423
PURE UUID: 0dcc1e11-957f-4761-9e9d-3ff94a2fcf89
ORCID for Lucy Brindle: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8933-3754

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Date deposited: 23 Sep 2019 16:30
Last modified: 27 Jan 2020 13:41

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Author: Lucy Brindle ORCID iD

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