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Socio-demographic factors, comorbidity and diagnostic delay among women diagnosed with cervical, endometrial or ovarian cancer

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  1. Patient involvement in comprehensive, complex cancer surgery: Perspectives of patients, relatives and health professionals

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  2. Classmates motivate childhood cancer patients to participate in physical activity during treatment: A qualitative study

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  3. Research agenda for life-threatening cancer

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  4. Pediatric cancer families' participation in whole-genome sequencing research in Denmark: Parent perspectives

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  5. Needs and preferences among patients with high-grade glioma and their caregivers: a longitudinal mixed methods study

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  1. Pelvic organ prolapse surgery after native tissue vault suspension at hysterectomy-A prospective cohort study

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  2. No evidence of association between native tissue vault suspension and risk of pelvic pain or sexual dysfunction

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  3. Type I Versus Type II Endometrial Cancer: Differential Impact of Comorbidity

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  4. Ovarian Cancer and Comorbidity: Is Poor Survival Explained by Choice of Primary Treatment or System Delay?

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  • Kirstine Magtengaard Robinson
  • K B Christensen
  • B Ottesen
  • A Krasnik
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This study investigates the association between socio-demographic factors, comorbidity and diagnostic delay among gynaecological cancer patients. A questionnaire was sent to 1052 women diagnosed with cervical, endometrial or ovarian cancer between October 2006 and December 2007 in Denmark. Long patient delays were associated with diagnosis with a greater risk of experiencing long delays among women diagnosed with cervical and endometrial cancer as opposed to ovarian cancer. The risk of experiencing long GP referral delays was associated with residential area, with a greater risk of long delays in rural vs. urban areas. Long gynaecologist appointment delays were associated with younger age, while long secondary care delays were associated with living in a capital area and having comorbidity. Long total delays were associated with diagnosis with greater risk of experiencing long delays among women diagnosed with cervical and endometrial cancer as opposed to ovarian cancer, and with working as opposed to being retired. In conclusion, this study found that socio-demographic factors and comorbidity play a role in the probability of experiencing long delays. If delays in diagnosis are to be reduced, there must be increased recognition of the significance of symptoms among patients and interventions aimed at ensuring timely care by specialists.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cancer Care
Volume20
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)653-61
Number of pages9
ISSN0961-5423
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Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Aged, Cohort Studies, Comorbidity, Delayed Diagnosis, Denmark, Diagnostic Services, Endometrial Neoplasms, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Ovarian Neoplasms, Questionnaires, Socioeconomic Factors, Time Factors, Uterine Cervical Neoplasms

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