Article Text

PDF

Delays in the diagnosis of lung cancer occurred because patients failed to recognise symptoms as serious and warranting medical attention

Statistics from Altmetric.com

OpenUrlCrossRefPubMedWeb of Science

Q How might patients with lung cancer have influenced the timing of diagnosis?

DESIGN

Structured and semistructured interviews.

SETTING

2 outpatient cancer centres in the UK.

PATIENTS

A quota sample of 22 patients 43–82 y of age (55% men) with lung cancer. All but 1 patient were previous or current smokers. 7 patients had potentially curable disease.

METHODS

Patients participated in structured and semistructured interviews. Most were interviewed within 3 days to 1 month of diagnosis. Patients were asked about events leading up to their diagnosis, and key events were recorded on a time line; this was followed up by specific questions about each symptom. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim.

MAIN FINDINGS

All patients had experienced symptoms for …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.