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Measures of psychosocial factors that may influence help-seeking behaviour in cancer: A systematic review of psychometric properties

Sonja Kummer, Fiona M Walter, Joseph Chilcot, Suzanne Scott

JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Advanced stage cancer is frequently attributed to delays in presentation to a healthcare professional. To reduce undue delay, it is imperative to understand the reasons underlying help-seeking behaviour and to measure those using valid and reliable tools. This systematic review aimed to identify how studies have measured psychosocial factors affecting time to presentation for (potential) cancer symptoms. A total of 35 studies were included. Most studies failed to use valid and reliable tools, and predominantly provided inconclusive results regarding psychosocial factors and time to presentation when no or minimal psychometric evidence was present. Consequently, measure selection and future m..

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This systematic review was undertaken as part of a PhD funded through a Dental Institute Endowment fund internal scholarship. No additional external funding was received for the project.