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Structured and semistructured interviews.
2 outpatient cancer centres in the UK.
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.
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.
All patients had experienced symptoms for …
For correspondence: Dr J Corner, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.
Source of funding: Department of Health, UK.
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