Table 3

Relationship with presenting symptom, help-seeking behaviour and trust in their GP
N (%) Symptom diagnostic interval Symptom treatment interval
median (P25-P75) median (P25-P75)
(days) (days)
Abdominal pain
Yes 195 (27.3) 117.0 (41.0-220.0) 137.0 (58.0-252.0)
No 520 (72.7) 133.0 (66.0-280.0) 171.0 (96.7-314.0)
P 0.01 <0.001
Other pain
Yes 50 (7.0) 122.5 (66.7-359.0) 159.5 (98.7-394.5)
No 665 (93.0) 130.0 (59.0-259.0) 159.0 (87.0-288.0)
P 0.70 0.52
Rectal Bleeding
Yes 285 (39.9) 118.0 (51.5-260.0) 169.0 (89.0-298.0)
No 430 (60.1) 136.0 (63.0-263.0) 154.0 (85.5-282.5)
P 0.38 0.43
Changes in bowel habits
Yes 273 (38.2) 128.0 (57.0-229.0) 152.0 (86.7-275.0)
No 442 (61.8) 130.5 (61.7-275.2) 162.0 (89.0-317.0)
P 0.28 0.28
Vomiting
Yes 24 (3.4) 49.0 (10.2-134.7) 71.0 (13.0-154.0)
No 691 (96.6) 131.0 (63.0-264.5) 161.5 (91.0-291.2)
P <0.001 <0.001
Tenesmus
Yes 38 (5.3) 146.0 (51.0-272.0) 181.0 (93.5-325.5)
No 677 (94.7) 130.0 (60.0-262.2) 155.5 (87.0-286.2)
P 0.67 0.40
Loss of appetite
Yes 49 (6.9) 133.0 (45.0-192.0) 135.0 (59.2-214.7)
No 666 (93.1) 130.0 (61.0-268.0) 159.0 (89.0-296.0)
P 0.24 0.10
Loss of weight
Yes 57 (8.0) 121.0 (58.5-200.0) 154.0 (92.0-233.0)
No 658 (92.0) 130.0 (60.0-271.0) 159.0 (87.5-299.5)
P 0.31 0.36
Fatigue
Yes 97 (13.6) 145.0 (72.0-266.0) 172.0 (93.0-295.0)
No 618 (86.4) 128.0 (56.0-261.0) 155.0 (86.7-287.5)
P 0.29 0.49
Anaemia
Yes 51 (7.1) 133.0 (43.0-365.0) 158.0 (66.0-515.0)
No 664 (92.9) 130.0 (61.0-256.2) 159.0 (90.0-282.0)
P 0.66 0.44
Obstruction
Yes 106 (13.6) 88.0 (26.0-165.5) 86.0 (20.5-159.0)
No 675 (86.4) 131.0 (64.0-269.0) 169.0 (94.0-304.5)
P <0.001 <0.001
NÂș of initial symptoms
1 417 (58.3) 131.0 (62.5-271.5) 160.5 (91.7-289.7)
2 160 (22.4) 124.0 (59.5-300.2) 158.5 (84.0-330.2)
3 72 (10.1) 143.5 (70.2-246.5) 161.0 (100.0-264.0)
> 3 66 (9.2) 89.0 (40.5-182.0) 117.5 (60.7-223.0)
P 0.12 0.21
Perception of seriousness
Not serious 467 (65.6) 142.0 (67.5-285.5) 171.0 (94.0-316.5)
Quite serious 162 (22.8) 117.0 (61.7-263.2) 153.0 (91.0-296.5)
Very serious 48 (6.7) 83.0 (34.2-129.2) 119.0 (65.0-180.0)
Other 35 (4.9) 110.0 (43.0-229.0) 118.0 (68.0-247.0)
P <0.001 <0.01
Symptom Disclosure
Yes 87 (12.1) 126.0 (56.0-255.0) 155.0 (84.0-282.5)
No 634 (87.9) 152.5 (86.7-340.5) 173.0 (108.5-354.0)
P 0.04 0.06
Help Seeking behaviour
Visited a doctor 494 (68.8) 123.5 (50.7-230.2) 153.0 (78.5-264.0)
Wait for clear up 184 (25.6) 167.5 (88.0-344.7) 187.5 (119.0-273.0)
Other 40 (5.6) 83.0 (33.7-200.0) 95.0 (45.2-232.0)
P <0.001 <0.001
Health services first contact
With my GP 530 (72.7) 147.5 (77.0-278.5) 174.0 (99.0-307.7)
Family Practice emergencies 37 (5.1) 85.5 (30.7-151.2) 114.0 (39.5-179.2)
Hospital emergencies 101 (13.9) 71.0 (22.0-169.7) 84.0 (36.0-204.0)
To my hospital doctor 27 (3.7) 146.0 (96.0-293.0) 190.5 (130.2-344.7)
To Private hospital 14 (1.9) 95.0 (67.7-344.7) 181.0 (113.0-32.0)
Other 20 (2.7) 66.0 (29.5-153.5) 111.0 (44.0-197.0)
P <0.001 <0.001
Would you recommend your doctor?
Yes without any doubt 412 (63.2) 129.0 (59.5-266.5) 156.0 (87.0-289.0)
Probably yes 171 (26.2) 128.0 (56.0-260.0) 159.0 (84.0-307.0)
Probably not 35 (5.4) 130.0 (88.0-213.0) 155.0 (105.0-268.5)
Absolutely not 34 (5.2) 224.0 (133.7-361.5) 228.0 (152.5-362.5)
P 0.02 0.11

Esteva et al.

Esteva et al. BMC Cancer 2013 13:87   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-13-87

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