Colorectal cancer management - the role of the GP

Hanks, Heather, Veitch, Craig, and Harris, Mark (2008) Colorectal cancer management - the role of the GP. Australian Family Physician, 37 (4). pp. 259-261.

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Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) contributes significantly to the morbidity and mortality of Australians. The introduction of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program has focussed attention on the role of the general practitioner in CRC screening. However, their increasing role across the management spectrum of CRC remains poorly researched.

Objective: This article examines the published literature on the existing and potential roles of the GP in the detection and management of CRC. Evidence about the existing and potential role of the GP was found through a literature search on Medline, PubMed, epidemiological evidence and recent guidelines.

Discussion: The role of the GP in CRC management varies. Some GPs play many roles such as advocate, facilitator, supporter, educator and counsellor. The role of the GP is influenced by GP-specialist communication, practice location, and patient and GP factors. There is a potential to increase this role, especially in providing psychosocial support and counselling for both the patient and their family.

Item ID: 25235
Item Type: Article (Case Study)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: colorectal cancer, general practitioner cancer management, bowel cancer screening program, CRC screening
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 06:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920211 Palliative Care @ 34%
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