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Ugeskr Laeger. 2011 Jun 13;173(24):1709-12.

[From symptoms to seeking doctor].

[Article in Danish]

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Forskningsenheden for Almen Praksis, Bartholins Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


20-30% of patients diagnosed with cancer have delayed help-seeking for three months or longer. Misinterpretation of symptoms as benign is responsible for the long patient delay for some patients, but a number of psychosocial factors have also been identified as barriers for help-seeking. These include lack of social support, anxiety, avoidant coping, social risks, and the relationship between patient and physician. It has to be considered whether some of these factors are to be perceived as barriers or as basic conditions for interpretation of symptoms which cannot and should not be changed.

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