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Study confirms: UCH’s team approach a winner for GI cancer patients


​The one- and two-day initial visits that have become a hallmark of University of Colorado Hospital’s gastrointestinal cancer care are as good for diagnostic accuracy and appropriate treatment as they are for patient convenience and speed of service.
 
That’s according to a University of Colorado School of Medicine team that considered 1,747 patients involved in four GI multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs) from late 2012 through December 2015. They found MDCs changed the diagnoses of referred patients 27 percent of the time and altered patients’ recommended treatments 28 percent of the time.