Review: Follow-up Files
Here is what we have learned from Follow-up Files:
- Older registries may use a manual system until existing cases are computerized. This information can help other disease registries or new cancer registries to begin follow-up procedures until software is in place.
- For manual registries, the most common method of cancer patient follow-up is the dual tickler file.
- The dual tickler file is for tracking living patients that are due for follow-up.
- Although the concept is the same for both manual and computerized registries, computerized registries rely on the software to compute the follow-up due date.