Transferred and Delayed Care of Patients with Colorectal Cancer in a Safety-Net Hospital System--Manifestations of a Distressed Healthcare System

Journal of General Internal Medicine, 04/24/2012

A large proportion of patients seen in the safety–net health system were transferred from outside systems after diagnosis, thus leading to delayed care. This delay in care drove advanced stage at diagnosis. The data point to a pervasive and systematic issue in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) and have fundamental health policy implications for population–based CRC screening.

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