Clinical

Streamlining diagnostic pathways for patients with vague symptoms

The ACE Programme has recently published a report looking at the most effective ways to diagnose patients with non-specific but concerning symptoms. A number of projects across England piloted a range of different approaches to improve early diagnosis of cancer, demonstrating conversion rates ranging from around 3% to over 40%. With common symptoms including weight loss and non-specific abdominal discomfort, the pathways proved effective at identifying a range of gastroenterology-related pathology. This included pancreatitis, chronic liver disease and diverticulitis. The report links to a number of useful practical resources developed by the projects.