The Cancer Institute NSW seeks GPs to be advisors on a study examining the care pathways of people with lung cancer in NSW. This retrospective study will examine the diagnosis and treatment patterns of people diagnosed with lung cancer who are participants of the 45 and Up Study. The 45 and Up Study provides a unique resource to study health service use in the primary, community and tertiary care settings as participants have consented to the linkage of their health records, including MBS, PBS, hospital admission and emergency department attendance data. We will be focussing on the use of imaging and specialist referral in the lead up to diagnosis and the impact of comorbidities on treatment pathways.
We are seeking GPs with an interest in cancer and the management of COPD to advise on the study methods (eg attendances, procedures and prescriptions and their item numbers in the MBS and PBS) and the interpretation of the study results. It is anticipated that the study will be for a period of 6 months and require a time commitment of 2-3 hours per month for the review of documents and meetings via teleconference. There is the possibility of joint authorship on publications which arise from this work. Please contact Nicola Creighton