Peers without fears? Barriers to effective communication among primary care physicians and oncologists about diagnostic delays in cancer

This study from the USA has focused on the experiences of physicians and their perceptions about diagnostic delays in cancer. In particular, on what are the barriers and facilitators to physician-to-physician communication about dealys in cancer diagnosis. They also investigated how these barriers and faciliators can be incorporated into systems to improve communication and reduce delays. The study organised seven focus groups with 51 physicians, including 21 primary care providers, and used content analysis to identify common themes. Overall, five major themes were identified: openness to communication, benefits of communication, fears about giving/receiving feedback, organisation or infrastrucure based barriers to communication and overcoming barriers to communication. A key conclusion was that there needs to be a more open culture of learning accross specialties and institutions.   Read the full article here.
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