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Defining timeliness in care for patients with lung cancer: protocol for a scoping review

Ansar, A, Lewis, V, McDonald, CF, Liu, C and Rahman, Aziz 2020, Defining timeliness in care for patients with lung cancer: protocol for a scoping review, BMJ Open, vol. 10, no. 11, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039660.


Title Defining timeliness in care for patients with lung cancer: protocol for a scoping review
Author(s) Ansar, A
Lewis, V
McDonald, CF
Liu, C
Rahman, AzizORCID iD for Rahman, Aziz orcid.org/0000-0003-1665-7966
Journal name BMJ Open
Volume number 10
Issue number 11
Article ID e039660
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher BMJ
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-11-04
ISSN 2044-6055
2044-6055
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
respiratory tract tumours
protocols &
guidelines
preventive medicine
public health
STATEMENT
SURVIVAL
protocols & guidelines
Summary Introduction: Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and lung cancer is the single leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Early diagnosis of lung cancer is the key to better prognosis and longer survival. While there are substantial literature reporting delays in cancer diagnosis, there is a lack of consensus in the definitions and terms used to describe ‘delay’ in the treatment pathway. The aim of this scoping review is to identify and critically synthesise the operational definitions and terminologies used to describe the timely initiation of care and consequent treatments over the care pathway for patients with lung cancer. This scoping review will also compare how timeliness was operationalised in Western and Asian countries. Methods and analysis: The scoping review will use the methodology described by Arksey and O’Malley and endorsed by the Joanna Briggs Institute. MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL and PsycINFO electronic databases will be searched. Grey literature sources and the reference lists of key studies will be used to identify additional relevant studies. The scoping review will include all studies, irrespective of study methodology and quality. Two reviewers will independently screen all titles and abstracts to identify eligible studies for inclusion. The full texts of identified studies will be further examined and charted using a data extraction form. A narrative synthesis will be performed to assess and categorise available definitions of timeliness. Ethics and dissemination: Ethical approval is not needed as this scoping review will be reviewing already published articles. The results produced from this review will be submitted to a scientific peer-reviewed journal for publication and will be presented at scientific meetings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039660
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Field of Research 1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
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