Implementing and Sustaining Early Cancer Diagnosis Initiatives in Canada: An Exploratory Qualitative Study

This Canadian exploratory qualitative study aimed to investigate barriers and facilitators to implementing and sustaining current initiatives that optimize early cancer diagnosis, in particular for symptomatic patients. The key results related to the role of primary care included a barrier to implementation and/or sustainability around patients lack of access to primary care provides to help facilitate referrals. From an organisational point of view, the burden on primary care providers to navigate care pathways was another barrier while the barrier of limited funding and resources to implement and sustain initiatives was system-wide. Overall, this paper highlights key opportunities for funders and policymakers to help improve the use and potential impact of initiatives designed to improve the early diagnosis of cancer across Canada.   Read the full article here.
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