Minimizing delays in ovarian cancer diagnosis: an expansion of Andersen's model of 'total patient delay'.
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer symptoms are vague and commonly occur in benign conditions; it often presents late and is diagnosed at an advanced stage when survival rates are poor. Studies of diagnostic delay in conditions with non-specific symptoms are rare. OBJECTIVES: To study accounts of diagnostic delays in a sample of British women with ovarian cancer using Andersen's five-stage model of 'total patient delay' as an analytic framework. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted wit...Expand abstract
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