Journal article

The Aarhus statement on cancer diagnostic research: turning recommendations into new survey instruments

Domenica Coxon, Christine Campbell, Fiona M Walter, Suzanne E Scott, Richard D Neal, Peter Vedsted, Jon Emery, Greg Rubin, William Hamilton, David Weller

BMC Health Services Research | BMC | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Over recent years there has been a growth in cancer early diagnosis (ED) research, which requires valid measurement of routes to diagnosis and diagnostic intervals. The Aarhus Statement, published in 2012, provided methodological guidance to generate valid data on these key pre-diagnostic measures. However, there is still a wide variety of measuring instruments of varying quality in published research. In this paper we test comprehension of self-completion ED questionnaire items, based on Aarhus Statement guidance, and seek input from patients, GPs and ED researchers to refine these questions. METHODS: We used personal interviews and consensus approaches to generate draft ED ques..

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