Researchers have found that symptoms of bowel cancer tended to be identified slightly more quickly when patients consulted an unknown doctor rather than their usual GP.
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The study, published in the British Journal of General Practice, included data for 2000 to 2009 from the General Practice Research Database. The study included around 18 500 patients with breast, bowel, or lung cancer whose relevant cancer symptoms or signs were identified up to 12 months before the eventual diagnosis.
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GPs want more time to treat their patients, a survey of the profession has found.
The survey of GPs’ work, carried out by IMC Unlimited on behalf of the BMA, received 15 560 responses from GPs across the United Kingdom. The BMA has described it as one of the largest recent tests of the profession’s opinion.
It found that less than a 10th of GPs (8%) thought that the standard 10 minute consultation in general practice was adequate. Around two thirds (68%) of respondents thought that it would be better to provide longer consultations of greater quality