Investigating Symptoms of Lung Cancer


A Guide for General Practitioners

Funded by Cancer Australia, $1,000,000.

Danielle Mazza1, Kay Jones1, Samantha Chakraborty1, Kay Jones1, Ian Olver 2

  1. Department of General Practice, Monash University
  2. Cancer Council
  3. Cancer Australia

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Australia. Late detection and extended delays in referral contribute to high mortality rates. Consequently, the Australian Government agency, Cancer Australia, sought to develop and implement a guide for general practitioners on the effective investigation and referral of people who have or may have lung cancer.An evidence-based guide was developed using the processes detailed in the ADAPTE framework for guideline adaptation (Version 2.0). A dissemination and implementation plan was crafted using the Knowledge-to-Action Framework. An evidence-based guide was published as a two-page algorithm and summary sheet, and a detailed evidence report. A robust dissemination plan involved media announcements in key GP news bulletins, postage of the two-page guide to GPs and identified stakeholders, and online links to the guide on general practice, guideline and cancer related websites. A barriers analysis with 20 GPs informed the selected strategies and key messages that would be incorporated into the implementation phase of the project. Implementation strategies include endorsement from the RACGP ongoing delivery of 21 face-to-face workshops to GPs across Australia over 15 months and development of two GP online education activities, each offering continuing professional development points upon completion.