Can Assoc Radiol J 2018 Jun 4. Epub 2018 Jun 4.
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada; Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Eastern Health, Health Sciences Centre, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Electronic address:
: A multidisciplinary, centralized referral program was established at our institution in 2014 to reduce delays in lung cancer diagnosis and treatment following diagnostic imaging observed with the traditional, primary care provider-led referral process. The main objectives of this retrospective cohort study were to determine if referral to a Thoracic Triage Panel (TTP): 1) expedites lung cancer diagnosis and treatment initiation; and 2) leads to more appropriate specialist consultation.Methods
: Patients with a diagnosis of lung cancer and initial diagnostic imaging between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016, at a Memorial University-affiliated tertiary care centre in St John's, Newfoundland, were identified and grouped according to whether they were referred to the TTP or managed through a traditional referral process. Read More