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Diagnostic Evaluation of Patients Presenting to Primary Care with Rectal Bleeding

  • April 1, 2018

Rectal bleeding can be an early sign of colorectal cancer and diagnostic evaluation of the condition is complex.This cross-sectional study co-funded by CRICO used explicit chart abstraction methods to assess the diagnostic evaluations made by primary care physicians for rectal bleeding.


The researchers summarized that, “A stronger evidence base to guide clinical decision-making may be helpful for improving timely diagnosis of colorectal cancer, particularly when patients present with rectal bleeding. Given the complexity of the diagnostic evaluation of rectal bleeding, comprehensive assessments at initial presentation, improved care coordination across primary care and specialty settings, and the implementation of targeted interventions may help facilitate risk stratification and prevent missed or delayed diagnoses of colorectal cancer.”

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Percac-Lima S, Pace LE, Nguyen KH, Crofton CN, Normandin KA, Singer SJ, Rosenthal MB, Chien AT. Diagnostic evaluation of patients presenting to primary care with rectal bleedingJournal of General Internal Medicine. April 2018; 33(4):415-422. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-017-4273-x.