Journal article

A qualitative exploration of the use of calendar landmarking instruments in cancer symptom research

Katie Mills, Jon Emery, Camilla Cheung, Nicola Hall, Linda Birt, Fiona M Walter



BACKGROUND: Late diagnosis is considered to be a major factor contributing to poorer cancer survival rates in the UK. Interventions have focussed on the promotion of earlier diagnosis in patients with potential cancer symptoms. However, to assess the effectiveness of these interventions, the time from symptom onset to presentation needs to be reliably and accurately measured. This qualitative study explored the use of calendar landmarking instruments in cancer symptom research. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of transcripts of interviews using the calendar landmarking instrument, undertaken with patients who had either been diagnosed with cancer (n = 40, IRCO study, Western Austra..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by National Institute for Health Research

Funding Acknowledgements

This study analysed data collected during the Improving Rural Cancer Outcomes Study in Western Australia. This work was supported by the Cancer Council of Western Australia and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership grant (572765). Data from the SYMPTOM Study in England was also analysed. This study is part of the DISCOVERY Programme, a NIHR programme grant for Applied Research (RP-PG-0608-10045), aimed at optimising diagnosis of symptomatic cancer.