Table 2

The median secondary care interval (days) before and after urgent referral for suspected cancer
Other hospitals Vejle hospital
Before urgent referral n = 3,131 After urgent referral n = 2,612 Before urgent referral n = 387 After urgent referral n = 388
Median (IQI) Median (IQI) p-value Median (IQI) Median (IQI) p-value
All 42 (22; 80) 35 (18; 67) <0.001 30 (20; 50) 26 (15; 51) 0.020
Sex
Male 46 (23; 90) 40 (20; 80) <0.001 32 (20; 63) 29 (17; 68) 0.362
Female 39 (21; 69) 32 (16; 57) <0.001 29 (20; 45) 26 (15; 48) 0.036
Age (years)
18-49 41 (21; 73) 29 (15; 61) 0.003 35 (18; 61) 25 (14; 39) 0.132
50-69 53 (30; 98) 45 (22; 81) <0.001 29 (20; 43) 26 (17; 50) 0.408
70+ 41 (21; 77) 36 (18; 68) <0.001 33 (22; 56) 27 (15; 52) 0.062
Cancer diagnosis
Breast 33 (21; 56) 23 (15; 38) <0.001 28 (20; 40) 21 (13; 33) <0.001
Lung 37 (21;64) 33 (16; 53) 0.008 31 (20; 41) 29 (23; 65) 0.392
Colorectal 38 (22; 71) 30 (18; 53) <0.001 32 (23; 46) 26 (18; 37) 0.068
Head and neck* 39 (22; 64) 37 (17; 66) 0.443
Prostate* 72 (37; 141) 67 (31; 104) 0.028
Other 42 (19; 80) 40 (18; 76) 0.358 30 (17; 64) 31 (16; 70) 0.842
Alarm symptoms
Yes 38 (21; 70) 33 (16; 58) <0.001 32 (22; 49) 27 (18; 44) 0.025
No 49 (26; 96) 42 (20; 86) <0.001 41 (27; 89) 36 (18; 77) 0.097
Cancer suspicion
Yes 36 (20; 67) 30 (16; 56) <0.001 30 (21; 44) 22 (15; 37) 0.001
No 52 (27; 98) 46 (23; 89) 0.018 51 (30; 91) 43 (28; 84) 0.259

*The number of cases at Vejle Hospital was too small to produce precise results on head and neck cancer (n = 9) and prostate cancer (n = 19).

Larsen et al.

Larsen et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:348   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-348

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