Journal article

The influence of health literacy on the timely diagnosis of symptomatic cancer: A systematic review

Elka Humphrys, Jenni Burt, Greg Rubin, Jon D Emery, Fiona M Walter

European Journal of Cancer Care | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Low health literacy has been associated with poor cancer screening uptake, difficulty in making treatment choices and reduced quality of life following a cancer diagnosis, yet it is unclear whether and how health literacy influences the pathway to diagnosis for patients with cancer symptoms. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the influence of health literacy on the timely diagnosis of symptomatic cancer. Literature was searched between January 1990 and May 2017 using MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus, ASSIA, CINAHL and PsycINFO. Only three papers met the inclusion criteria. These reported two qualitative studies and one quantitative, with adult patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal (colon, re..

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This research is funded by the Medical Research Council and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Fund as part of EH's PhD. JB is supported by the National Institute for Health Research School for Primary Care Research. JE is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship. FMW is supported by a National Institute for Health Research Clinician Scientist award.