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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. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners. 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.