Faster and more accurate diagnosis of patients with symptoms of bowel disease
Accurate diagnosis of patients presenting with bowel disease currently involves several tests and procedures that can be time consuming and expensive for patients and clinicians.
This project aims to develop an accessible, easy-to-use assessment tool to better manage patients presenting to their general practitioner (GP) with symptoms of bowel disease.
It will aim to accelerate treatment for high-risk patients, where any significant delays in diagnosis can lead to complications. Successful implementation of such a tool will lead to improvements in triaging of GP referrals by specialist nurses and medical staff, and more accurate prioritisation of colonoscopies. This will result in an increase in early colonoscopy for high-risk patients and appropriate timing of colonoscopy or alternative management strategies for low/no-risk patients, leading to a more efficient use of resources for colonoscopy than the current standard practice.
By achieving these outcomes with implementation of the assessment tool, the project team hopes to achieve earlier detection of colorectal cancer, advanced precancerous lesions and inflammatory bowel diseases, leading to better outcomes for patients.
Trial statistics – please refer to the publication (Lord A, et al. Development and evaluation of a risk assessment tool to improve clinical triage accuracy for colonoscopic investigations. BMC Cancer 2018; 18(1): 229 (PMID: 29486733)).
Project investigators engage with and draw up on the expertise of partners within universities, research institutes, and hospital and health services around Queensland.
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