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Patient perspectives on delays in diagnosis and treatment of cancer: a qualitative analysis of free-text data.

Parsonage RK, Hiscock J, Law R-J, et al. Patient perspectives on delays in diagnosis and treatment of cancer: a qualitative analysis of free-text data. Br J Gen Pract. 2017;67(654):e49-e56. doi:10.3399/bjgp16X688357.

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December 7, 2016
Parsonage RK, Hiscock J, Law R-J, et al. Br J Gen Pract. 2017;67:e49-e56.

Delays in cancer diagnosis constitute a common and serious patient safety problem. This study examined comments from newly diagnosed patients regarding diagnostic delays. Factors that influenced patients' perceptions of timely and accurate diagnosis included timeliness of screening, help-seeking behavior, and paying for private health services to avoid delays in the public health system.

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Parsonage RK, Hiscock J, Law R-J, et al. Patient perspectives on delays in diagnosis and treatment of cancer: a qualitative analysis of free-text data. Br J Gen Pract. 2017;67(654):e49-e56. doi:10.3399/bjgp16X688357.