Delayed diagnosis of cancer: Thematic review presents the findings of a project at the NPSA which was designed to explore issues of patient safety around delayed diagnosis of cancer, and provide the NHS with potential solutions.
Three main methods were used in this project:
- Literature review (English language publications since the year 2000);
- Review of incidents reported to the NPSA’s Reporting and Learning System;
- Consultation with stakeholders (focus groups, discussions and presentations).
This report makes five broad recommendations:
- Development of an accessible diagnostic tool for use in primary care.
- Identify, review and disseminate good practice in the process of ordering, managing and tracking tests and test results.
- Review and develop methods for empowering patients who may be on a cancer diagnostic pathway.
- Develop a model for stronger leadership and improved patient safety reporting and learning, including Significant Event Audit (SEA), at a local and national level.
- Develop indicators of delayed diagnosis for routine monitoring.