Journal article

Defining timeliness in care for patients with lung cancer: protocol for a scoping review

Adnan Ansar, Virginia Lewis, Christine Faye McDonald, Chaojie Liu, Aziz Rahman

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and lung cancer is the single leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Early diagnosis of lung cancer is the key to better prognosis and longer survival. While there are substantial literature reporting delays in cancer diagnosis, there is a lack of consensus in the definitions and terms used to describe 'delay' in the treatment pathway. The aim of this scoping review is to identify and critically synthesise the operational definitions and terminologies used to describe the timely initiation of care and consequent treatments over the care pathway for patients with lung cancer. This scoping review will also compare how t..

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