Table 2.

Functions of the paper and electronic clinical decision-support tools considered useful

Function considered usefulGPs and registrars reporting function is useful in tools
Paper-based, n (%) ( N= 63)Electronic, n (%) ( N= 58)
Assessing cancer risk in patients with:
  Non-specific symptoms28 (44)20 (35)
  Multiple symptoms25 (40)21 (36)
Discussing cancer risk with a patient19 (30)17 (29)
Increasing the awareness of cancer as a possible diagnosis17 (27)13 (22)
Reassuring anxious patients16 (25)10 (17)
Prompting referrals that would otherwise not have been made13 (21)8 (14)
Increasing the certainty of clinical decision making25 (40)7 (12)
Increasing the awareness of cancer symptoms10 (16)7 (12)
Discussing investigation with symptomatic patients9 (14)3 (5)
None of these8 (13)17 (29)