Interventions to improve early cancer diagnosis of symptomatic individuals: a scoping review

This scoping review summarises the current literature regarding interventions focused on improving accurate and timely cancer diagnosis among symptomatic individuals. This included practice guidelines, care pathways or targets for wait times, rapid diagnostic services, multidisciplinary teams, and patient navigation strategies. The authors identified over 21,000 publications of which 88 published papers and an additional 16 grey literature documents met their inclusion criteria. Much of the literature identified came from the UK with a focus on interventions for lung cancer. The authors suggest that multidsiciplinary cooperation and nurse navigator involvement may be important elements to consider when designing, delivering or implementing new interventions focused on the early diagnosis of cancer in symptomatic patients.

 

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