Table 3.

Characteristics of participants and patients’ consultations

CharacteristicPatients in each cancer dataset, n (%)
BreastColorectalLung
Practices, n465475476
Doctors, n183625642843
  GP partners, n (%)1635 (89.1)2181 (85.1)2412 (84.8)
  Female, n (%)971 (52.9)1214 (47.3)1425 (50.1)
Patients, n295573948143
  Mean age, years (SD)66.7 (14.1)71.4 (11.3)71.5 (10.2)
  Female, n (%)2955 (100.0)3442 (46.6)3471 (42.6)
  Mean multimorbidity score (SD)1.2 (1.3)1.3 (1.3)1.3 (1.3)
Patient–doctor consultationsa
  Mean number (SD)15.3 (13.7)16.6 (13.1)19.9 (14.3)
  Continuity (f′)0.58 (0.23)0.62 (0.21)0.66 (0.18)
Cancer symptoms/signs
  Total298976488531
  Mean (SD) per patient1.0 (0.1)1.0 (0.2)1.1 (0.2)
  High risk
  - No. (%) by symptom/sign total2805 (93.8)1507 (19.7)647 (7.6)
  - No. (%) by consultations2797 (94.2)2528 (34.2)636 (7.8)
Median time to referral in days (IQR)0 (0–0)8 (0–51)36 (7–117)
Median time to diagnosis in days (IQR)23 (14–42)80 (36–174)104 (44–223)
  • a During 24 months before diagnosis. IQR = interquartile range. f = fraction-of-care index.