Table 4.

Relationship between the duration of symptoms and patient-perceived diagnostic delays and patient satisfaction with care

PATIENT PERCEPTIONTOTAL (N = 84)DURATION OF SYMPTOMSP VALUE
< 1 MONTH (N = 41)> 1 MONTH (N = 43)
Reason for delay.02
  • No delay35 (42)19 (46)16 (37)
  • Thought symptoms were not serious22 (26)5 (12)17 (40)
  • Inappropriate FP action12 (14)6 (15)6 (14)
  • Waited too long for tests or specialists15 (18)11 (27)4 (9)
Satisfaction*.20
  • Satisfied or somewhat satisfied71 (84)33 (79)38 (88)
  • Unsatisfied or somewhat unsatisfied12 (14)8 (19)4 (9)
  • TNM—primary tumour, regional lymph nodes, and distant metastasis.

  • *. Eighty-five patients completed the portion of the survey on satisfaction with care.