Projects - Core Projects

Using linked data to examine diagnostic testing for cancer in primary care

Using linked data to examine diagnostic testing for cancer in primary care

This project will assess patterns of use and the diagnostic accuracy of various tests for suspected cancer.
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Risk of lung cancer in symptomatic patients with negative chest x-ray results

Risk of lung cancer in symptomatic patients with negative chest x-ray results

This project will generate a tool that will estimate positive predictive values for lung cancer in smokers and non-smokers who have negative chest x-ray results in combination with particular symptoms.
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Diagnostic processes and use of investigations before a cancer diagnosis in patients with comorbidities

Diagnostic processes and use of investigations before a cancer diagnosis in patients with comorbidities

This project aims to generate evidence for optimising diagnostic strategies in patients with comorbidities experiencing possible cancer symptoms, in order to improve diagnostic timeliness.
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Exploring patient, practitioner and general population preferences towards diagnostic tests for cancer

Exploring patient, practitioner and general population preferences towards diagnostic tests for cancer

This PhD project will develop a set of choice based experiments to explore the preferences of patients, practitioners and the general public towards different diagnostic test strategies and to assess the risk-benefit trade-offs.
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Direct access to fast transvaginal ultrasound for earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Direct access to fast transvaginal ultrasound for earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer

This project aims to assess the feasibility of implementing direct and fast access to TVUS through general practice for women presenting vague and non-specific symptoms, with a view to diagnosing OC earlier.
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Melanoma risk assessment and tailored prevention in general practice

Melanoma risk assessment and tailored prevention in general practice

This PhD will be the first series of studies in Australia to test and measure the acceptability and usefulness of skin self-monitoring apps for melanoma from a patient perspective.
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Exploring the impact of the NICE guidelines for suspected cancers on diagnostic interval and resource use within GP practices

Exploring the impact of the NICE guidelines for suspected cancers on diagnostic interval and resource use within GP practices

The aims of this research are to explore changes in time to cancer diagnosis and estimate the early impact of the revision of NICE guidelines for suspected cancer on the time to diagnosis of cancer.
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Tests and tools for the detection of ovarian cancer in primary care

Tests and tools for the detection of ovarian cancer in primary care

In this multi-stage project, we will use routinely collected data to map how patients with ovarian cancer are currently evaluated and investigated in UK primary care, prior to diagnosis.
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