Evidence-based Information & Learning

Evidence based medicine is “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” (Sackett et al. 1996)

GPs identify time limitations as a main barrier to the utilisation of evidence-based medicine in clinical practice (Zwolsman et al. 2013) CCT addresses this issue by providing evidence-based cancer information that is fast and easy to access and apply to your individual patients.

References
Zwolsman SE, van Dijk N, te Pas E, Wieringa-de-Waard M. Barriers to the use of evidence-based medicine: knowledge and skills, attitude, and external factors.
Sackett DL et al. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn’t. BMJ 1996;312:71-72.

Preventable Risk Factors

The WHO states that “at least one-third of all cancer cases are preventable”.

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Screening

Australia currently has 3 national cancer screening programs based on national guidelines, which recommend regular screening for breast, cervical & colorectal cancers:

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Survivorship

The number of cancer survivors in Australia is increasing rapidly due to the advent of new treatments and earlier detection through screening programs. In 1998-2004, the 5-year survival rate increased to 58%, from 41% in 1982-1986.

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Palliative Care

Health professionals in the general practice setting, including GPs and nurses, have many roles in palliative care.

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Treatment & Side Effects

The role of the general practitioner in cancer care is evolving. In addition to the long-standing and well-established role of the GP in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, support and palliation, GPs are now playing a larger role in treatment and follow-up (McAvoy 2007)

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Online Learning

Cancer Council Australia aims to support health professionals working in the field of cancer control.

These online learning modules have been designed to provide health professionals with up-to-date education and resources on cancer treatment, early detection and support.

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