Patient navigation pathway and barriers to treatment seeking in cancer in India: A qualitative inquiry

Pati, Sanghamitra, Hussain, Mohammad Akhtar, Chauhan, Abhimanyu Singh, Mallick, Diptimayee and Nayak, Sukdev (2013) Patient navigation pathway and barriers to treatment seeking in cancer in India: A qualitative inquiry. Cancer Epidemiology, 37 6: 973-978. doi:10.1016/j.canep.2013.09.018


Author Pati, Sanghamitra
Hussain, Mohammad Akhtar
Chauhan, Abhimanyu Singh
Mallick, Diptimayee
Nayak, Sukdev
Title Patient navigation pathway and barriers to treatment seeking in cancer in India: A qualitative inquiry
Journal name Cancer Epidemiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1877-7821
1877-783X
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.canep.2013.09.018
Volume 37
Issue 6
Start page 973
End page 978
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Cancer is a leading cause of mortality worldwide. Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer may curb the growing burden of the disease. Understanding cancer patients' navigation pathways for seeking treatment is important in order to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment. With this background we conducted a hospital-based cross-sectional study comprising 68 randomly selected cancer inpatients in a tertiary cancer specialty hospital in Odisha, India, to explore the treatment-seeking pathways of the cancer patients and the barriers and enablers in seeking treatment. Financial constraint is one of the major reasons for the delay in accessing treatment, even when patients are suspected of or diagnosed with cancer. Low awareness of the presenting signs and symptoms of cancer and limited knowledge of the availability of cancer diagnosis and treatment facilities are major factors contributing to delay. Family and friends' support is found to be the major enabling factor toward seeking treatment. Generation of awareness of cancer among the general population and primary-care practitioners - including those in alternative systems of medicine - is important. Information on diagnostic and treatment services appears to be a felt need.
Keyword Barriers to care
Cancer
India
Odisha
Prevention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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