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Cancer Diagnosis Decision Rules

This collaborative study involves all eight departments of the National School of Primary Care Research. The principal investigator is Professor Paul Little from Southampton University.  Dr Richard Stevens and Dr Clare Bankhead are collaborating on behalf of Oxford University.

Funding NIHR NSPCR (2012-2017)

Two prospective cohorts of patients presenting with lung and colonic symptoms will be recruited in order to develop clinical prediction rules for both lung and colon cancer. Simple web based clinical proformas will be developed based on the literature to date, interviews with patients, and a Delphi exercise.

These proformas will be used to develop and validate Clinical Prediction Rules for lung and colon cancer. Patients will also be invited to provide additional measures (e.g. genetic, smoking, dietary, and alcohol history) and the incremental utility of incorporating these additional measures into the prediction models will be explored.

Contact: Clare Bankhead or Richard Stevens for further details