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Open Access Barriers to Help-seeking in Men Diagnosed with Benign Colorectal Diseases

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Objective: To explore the help-seeking pathway for lower bowel symptoms in men diagnosed with benign bowel diseases. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted. The data were analyzed thematically using Andersen's Model of Patient Delay as the theoretical framework. Results: The major delaying factors were attribution of symptoms to self-limiting conditions, failure to make time to visit a GP, low expectation of help from the GP, fear of cancer diagnosis and embarrassment. Conclusion: The major causes of delay in help-seeking were related to the participants, whereas factors associated with treatment delay were less prominent in diagnostic delay.

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Keywords: HELP-SEEKING; LOWER BOWEL SYMPTOMS; QUALITATIVE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Medical Education, Curtin University, Perth WA, Australia [email protected] 2: Department of Medical Education, Curtin University, Perth WA, Australia 3: Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University, Perth WA, Australia 4: Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, WA, Australia

Publication date: 01 January 2015

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