Projects - Core Projects

Diagnostic processes and use of investigations before a cancer diagnosis in patients with comorbidities: optimising testing strategies to improve diagnostic timeliness and reduce emergency presentations

Diagnostic processes and use of investigations before a cancer diagnosis in patients with comorbidities: optimising testing strategies to improve diagnostic timeliness and reduce emergency presentations

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 (PhD)

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

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 (PhD)

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

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 (PhD)

Melanoma risk assessment and tailored prevention in general practice (PhD)

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 (PhD)

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

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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The role of imaging in the diagnosis of lung cancer in primary care (PhD)

The role of imaging in the diagnosis of lung cancer in primary care (PhD)

Chest x-ray is the first-line test for the diagnosis of lung cancer in the UK. This PhD will gather evidence on the accuracy of chest x-ray and explore how variation in uptake of chest x-ray might affect lung cancer outcomes.
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Conceptualising and measuring patient experience in the diagnosis of cancer

Conceptualising and measuring patient experience in the diagnosis of cancer

This project will aim to explore the theory that a lack of evidence exploring how to optimally measure patient experience of diagnostic tests and strategies reflects a lack of appropriate conceptual frameworks and robust measurement tools about the patient experience of diagnostic tests.
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