Although no fixed threshold were previously defined for the UK, in practice, the new National Institute for Clinical Excellence NICE guidelines suggest that patients need to have symptoms which indicate a three per cent risk or higher before further tests for most cancers are carried out. In the UK, one in three people in the UK will develop cancer during their lifetime.
Although cancer survival rates in the UK have improved in the past 15 years, it still lags behind average European figures. Earlier diagnosis is considered to be one of the main ways to improve UK survival, particularly by refining the selection of patients for cancer investigation.
Category Prize Winners - RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2017
The awards received 87 nominations of papers, reporting a variety of methodologies, from a wide range of journals. There are six categories and each category has a panel of assessors from various organisations with an interest in primary care research, who judge the papers. Read more about the results.
Blood pressure self-monitoring works best when people are well-supported. Screen reminders for GPs did not improve anticoagulation prescribing in atrial fibrillation.
Category 4 winner mental health and dementia was another paper by a team including Professor Chew-Graham. The study aimed to establish what might help or hinder GPs seeking help for when experiencing mental distress. The paper suggested that systematic changes are needed, with greater support being provided by colleagues to protect GPs in the future.
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Professor Chew-Graham confirmed that the prize money for this award will be donated to the Cameron Fund , which is a charity which supports GPs, and their dependents, in difficulty. Email: Contact us. Campus Map: Campus map.