Self-referral for cancer symptoms seems an excellent idea – bypass the ‘gate-keeper’ – get the tests one needs directly. But how will this work in practice, with resources stretched to their limit and A & E services about to implode? This BMJ blog, posted 16 January paints a gloomy but realistic picture – well worth a read:
– or access via the BMJ Home page, left bottom corner.
Nothing Personal: Disturbing Undercurrents in Cancer Care
Used in medical education.
Includes referenced discussion sections for evidence-based practice.
- Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award
"A landmark for the patient voice"
- Macmillan Cancer Support
"A remarkable book... essential reading for all who deal with cancer patients - health professionals, politicians, health service developers, carers and, of course, patients themselves... will surely inspire change."
- Professor Karol Sikora in his foreword.