‘Deciding when to visit the GP with cancer symptoms: the Goldilocks Zone differs in England, Denmark and Sweden’
The International cancer benchmarking studies have highlighted between country differences in stage of cancer at diagnosis; these are not explained by differences in population awareness of cancer signs and symptoms.
In this talk the speakers will draw on our CRUK/ NAEDI funded qualitative cross country comparative study of accounts of the pre-diagnosis experiences of Swedish, Danish and English people later diagnosed with lung or bowel cancer. The analysis illustrated differences in willingness to consult with symptoms and when to return if symptoms did not resolve. Our understanding was informed by sociologist Robert Merton’s work on ambivalence and the metaphor of the Goldilocks Zone. Sue will argue that the study illuminates differences between these three public-funded health systems which have consequences for citizen’s access to care and stage of diagnosis.
This is a Primary Care Unit seminar, open to all. Jonathan Mant, Professor of Primary Care Research and head of the Primary Care Unit, will chair this seminar.