Reducing time before consulting with symptoms of lung cancer: randomised controlled trial

Smith, S. et al. (2013) Reducing time before consulting with symptoms of lung cancer: randomised controlled trial. British Journal of General Practice, 63, e47-e54.

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Abstract

Lung cancer is common and survival rates poor, particularly in the United Kingdom, where late stage at diagnosis has been highlighted as an important factor. Most people with lung cancer have symptoms for several months before presenting to their general practitioner. Earlier consulting may improve survival and attempts to achieve this are being promoted in the United Kingdom by the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative in England and the Detect Cancer Early Programme in Scotland. Few interventions have, however, been evaluated in randomised trials and none has targeted lung cancer. This study aimed to evaluate whether a theory-based primary care intervention increased timely consulting of people with symptoms of lung cancer.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Philip and Nicolson, Dr Marianne and Wyke, Professor Sally and Devereux, Dr Graham
Authors: Smith, S., Fielding, S., Murchie, P., Johnston, M., Wyke, S., Powell, R., Devereux, G., Nicolson, M., Macleod, U., Wilson, P., Ritchie, L., Lee, A.J., and Campbell, N.C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care
Journal Name:British Journal of General Practice
ISSN:0960-1643

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