Journal article

Psychosocial influences on help-seeking behaviour for cancer in low-income and lower middle-income countries: a mixed-methods systematic review

Grace McCutchan, Bahr Weiss, Harriet Quinn-Scoggins, Anh Dao, Tom Downs, Yunfeng Deng, Ha Ho, Lam Trung, Jon Emery, Kate Brain

BMJ Global Health | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2021


INTRODUCTION: Starting cancer treatment early can improve outcomes. Psychosocial factors influencing patients' medical help-seeking decisions may be particularly important in low and lower middle-income countries (LMIC) where cancer outcomes are poor. Comprehensive review evidence is needed to understand the psychosocial influences on medical help-seeking for cancer symptoms, attendance for diagnosis and starting cancer treatment. METHODS: Mixed-methods systematic review registered on PROSPERO (CRD42018099057). Peer-reviewed databases were searched until April 2020 for studies assessing patient-related barriers and facilitators to medical help-seeking for cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treat..

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Funding Acknowledgements

GMC and HQS were funded by the Health and Care Research Wales funded centres of the Wales Cancer Research Centre and the Primary and Emergency Care Research Centre Wales, respectively, to conduct this review. BW and AD were funded by the US NIH grant R21 TW011294.