Phil Heywood

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BACKGROUND The UK urgent cancer referral guidance was introduced between 1999-2000. There is a dearth of literature relating to the effectiveness in detecting cancer of urgent suspected cancer referrals and general practitioners' compliance with the guidance. AIMS This paper aims to determine the diagnostic yield from urgent referrals for suspected(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the proportion of interventions in general practice that are based on evidence from clinical trials and to assess the appropriateness of such an evaluation. DESIGN Retrospective review of case notes. SETTING One suburban training general practice. SUBJECTS 122 consecutive doctor-patient consultations over two days. MAIN(More)
BACKGROUND Continuity of care is fundamental to general practice and type 2 diabetes is a common chronic disease with major health and social impacts. Nevertheless continuity, as experienced by patients with type 2 diabetes, remains a neglected area. AIM To explore perceptions and experiences of continuity of care in general practice from the perspectives(More)
BACKGROUND Very few studies have reported cancer outcomes of patients referred through different routes, despite the prominence of current UK cancer urgent referral guidance. AIM This study aimed to compare outcomes of cancer patients referred through the urgent referral guidance with those who were not, with respect to stage at diagnosis, survival, and(More)
The Australian food and nutrition system can be seen as composed of four subsystems: production; processing and distribution; consumption; and nutrition. The production subsystem has a large number of producers and is largely export-oriented. Processing is domestically focused, with a low level of innovation and a relatively high concentration of ownership.(More)
BACKGROUND Researchers have previously expressed concern about some national indicators of injury incidence and have argued that indicators should be validated before their introduction. AIMS To develop a tool to assess the validity of indicators of injury incidence and to carry out initial testing of the tool to explore consistency on application. (More)
BACKGROUND Continuity of care is widely regarded as an important feature of general practice, but the role of receptionists in influencing continuity has been the subject of little research. OBJECTIVE To explore how receptionists might influence access and continuity of care in general practice. METHODS A questionnaire survey of receptionists in(More)