Journal article

Barriers and facilitators to colorectal cancer diagnosis in New Zealand: a qualitative study

Tania Blackmore, Kimberley Norman, Jacquie Kidd, Shemana Cassim, Lynne Chepulis, Rawiri Keenan, Melissa Firth, Christopher Jackson, Tim Stokes, David Weller, Jon Emery, Ross Lawrenson

BMC Family Practice | BMC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: New Zealand (NZ) has high rates of colorectal cancer but low rates of early diagnosis. Due to a lack of understanding of the pre-diagnostic experience from the patient's perspective, it is necessary to investigate potential patient and health system factors that contribute to longer diagnostic intervals. Previous qualitative studies have discussed delays using The Model of Pathways to Treatment, but this has not been explored in the NZ context. This study aimed to understand the patient experience and perception of their general practitioner (GP) through the diagnostic process in the Waikato region of NZ. In particular, we sought to investigate potential barriers and facilitators..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC grant number 17/147). The funder had no role in the study design, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data or in writing the manuscript.