Investigators: Prof Michael Barton, Prof Justin Beilby, Dr Lisa Crossland, Mr David Goldsbury, Prof Mark Harris (CI), Prof Dianne O’Connell, Mr Shane Pascoe, Prof Allan Spigelman, Prof Craig Veitch.

The project aims were to increase our understanding of the pattern and factors influencing the referral of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients to cancer care specialists after diagnosis in general practices. CRC is used as a model for cancer treatment referral because of the variations in practice and outcomes.

Outcomes resulting from this research:

Goldsbury D, Harris M, Pascoe S, Olver I, Barton M et al. Socio-demographic and other patient characteristics associated with time between colonoscopy and surgery, and choice of treatment centre for colorectal cancer: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ Open [Internet] 2012 May 26;2(3):e001070. doi:10.1136/ bmjopen-2012-001070

Goldsbury D, Harris M, Pascoe S, Barton M, Olver I et al. The varying role of the GP in the pathway between colonoscopy and surgery for colorectal cancer: a restrospective cohort study. BMJ open [Internet] 2013 Mar 6;3(3). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-002325