Health University of Notre Dame produces award-winning research to improve GP cancer screening

University of Notre Dame produces award-winning research to improve GP cancer screening

Professor Moyez Jiwa, Associate Dean of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Melbourne Clinical School, has received one of the country’s highest medical accolades for his research into the management of cancer patients by GPs.

Professor Jiwa’s original research was the winner based on its potential to significantly influence daily general practice. The project asked 102 GPs across Australia to review 24 cancer patient simulations and indicate whether they would refer the patient and/or prescribe medication, and/or undertake further investigation.

According to available guidelines, all cases, which were delivered via a video monologue, warranted a referral to a specialist or further investigation.

The research found that in more than 12 per cent of cases, or one-in-eight patients, the patient was not investigated or referred to a specialist despite having symptoms that reflected the early onset of cancer development.

This research indicates that some patients may receive a delayed cancer diagnosis, even when they present with typical cancer symptoms to a GP who can access relevant tests.

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