Michael B. Barton

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PURPOSE We previously conducted modelling and a patterns of care study (POCS) that showed gynaecological brachytherapy (BT) was underutilized in New South Wales (NSW), the USA and Western Europe. The aim of the current study was to assess the quality of cervical BT in NSW, and to determine if caseload affects quality of treatment delivery. MATERIAL AND(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the cancer knowledge and skills of interns in 2001 who graduated from graduate medical program (GMP) courses with those from non-GMP courses, and to compare the cancer knowledge and skills of interns in 2001 with those who completed a similar survey in 1990. DESIGN Questionnaire survey of recently graduated interns in a random sample(More)
PURPOSE We performed the first comprehensive, population-based brachytherapy (BT) Patterns of Care Study in the Australian setting. Herein we report on prostate BT and assess the technical quality of BT practice, focusing on whether a caseload effect could be identified in New South Wales (NSW). MATERIAL AND METHODS Site visits were made to all radiation(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate key patient clinical and demographic characteristics associated with time between colonoscopy and surgery, and choice of treatment centre for colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. This will add to the little published research examining the pathway following CRC diagnosis and prior to surgery. DESIGN Retrospective cohort analysis of(More)
BACKGROUND Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in New South Wales (NSW). There is a significantly higher incidence of lung cancer in the South Western Sydney Area Health Service (SWSAHS) than the NSW average. The aim of this study was to document patterns of lung cancer care for SWSAHS residents. METHODS SWSAHS residents diagnosed with lung(More)
Aims. The proportion of patients with upper gastrointestinal cancers that received chemotherapy varies widely in Australia and internationally, indicating a need for a benchmark rate of chemotherapy utilisation. We developed evidence-based models for upper gastrointestinal cancers to estimate the optimal chemotherapy utilisation rates that can serve as(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe general practitioner (GP) involvement in the treatment referral pathway for colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. DESIGN A retrospective cohort analysis of linked data. SETTING A population-based sample of CRC patients diagnosed from August 2004 to December 2007 in New South Wales, Australia, using the 45 and Up Study, cancer registry(More)
PURPOSE There are limited data at a population level on adjuvant brachytherapy (BT) practice for uterine corpus malignancies. The aims of the current study were to describe BT practice for this disease in New South Wales (NSW), to assess quality of BT, and to determine if a caseload effect on quality exists. MATERIAL AND METHODS Patient, tumour, and(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent literature has suggested that follow- up visits provide psychological support for patients with cancer, but largely without objective evidence. AIMS To examine the psychological impact of follow-up consultations on cancer patients and identify factors that influence patient anxiety. METHODS Patients attending a routine follow-up at(More)
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