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Delayed diagnosis for breast disease is mostly due to patients

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7114.1021a (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1021
  1. Chiara Nosarti, Research workera,
  2. Anthony David, Professor of cognitive neuropsychiatrya,
  3. Tim Crayford, Lecturer in public healthb,
  4. Edna Elias, Breast care specialist nurseb,
  5. Jonathan Roberts, Consultant surgeonb
  1. a Departments of Psychological Medicine, Surgery, King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry
  2. b King's Healthcare NHS Trust, London SE5 8AZ

    Editor—We applaud the Department of Health's initiative to reduce the time taken for a woman with a suspicious breast lesion to have a consultation with an expert.1 We have been undertaking a project to determine the clinical, social, and psychological factors that influence delay. Delay due to the patient and delay due to the system must be distinguished. Patient delay may be defined as the time between the patient detecting a breast symptom and visiting a healthcare provider to seek evaluation of …

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