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QCancer Update - Macmillan Cancer Decision Support (CDS) Tool


As part of Macmillan's Prevention and Early Diagnosis Programme, the Cancer Decision Support (CDS) Tool has been designed to support GPs in their clinical decision making, prompting them to investigate signs and symptoms in patients, by displaying the risk of an as yet, undiagnosed site-specific cancer. The risk is based on read coded information from their patient record including symptoms, medical history and demographic data.

Over 4,000 general practices using the EMIS Web clinical computer system are now able to access an updated version of the CD which includes the QCancer® tool ( - developed by Professor Julia Hippisley-Cox and Professor Carol Coupland using the QResearch database ( The update includes risk score Prompts, the Symptom Checker template, an additional template to record QCancer Outcomes and Follow Up, and new Safety Netting searches. Further information on how to activate the prompt function or access the active symptom checker and follow up templates, is available at the EMIS Health Support Centre.

The CDS tool has been awarded the 2014 HSJ award for 'Innovation and Value in Information Technology" and the HSJ Patient Safety Award for "Cancer Care", as well as winning the "Innovation" poster category at the 2015 RCGP conference in Glasgow.

For more information about the Cancer Decision Support (CDS) Tool, including the Macmillan Training Pack (which has educational materials, hand-outs and videos) visit Macmillan's website. 

Posted on Thursday 8th December 2016

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