Responding to symptoms suggestive of lung cancer: a qualitative interview study.
Linda Birt, Nicky Hall, Jon Emery, Jon Banks, Katie Mills, Margaret Johnson, Willie Hamilton, Fiona M Walter
BMJ Open Respir Res | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: Late diagnosis of lung cancer can impact on survival rates. Patients delay seeking help for a number of reasons. This study explored symptom appraisal and help-seeking decisions among patients referred to specialist respiratory services with symptoms suggestive of lung cancer. METHODS: In-depth qualitative interviews with patients as soon as possible after referral, ideally before diagnosis and mainly within 10 weeks, explored factors impacting on their pathways prior to referral. Framework analysis, underpinned by the Model of Pathways to Treatment, was used to explore the data with particular focus on patients' beliefs and experiences, disease factors and healthcare professiona..View full abstract