Methods & Issues seminar: Identification of the barriers to the early diagnosis of lung cancer - a mixed methods approach Event as iCalendar

23 May 2013

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Room 730-268, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Lung cancer is a major cause of mortality and health inequalities in New Zealand Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in New Zealand, with five-year survival rates being lower in New Zealand than in other Western countries, and survival for Maori even worse at less than half of that for non-Maori. Survival from lung cancer is linked to disease stage at diagnosis. Thus identifying approaches to diagnose lung cancer earlier has the potential to improve health outcomes significantly.

This three-year Health Research Council (HRC) funded project used a mixed methods approach to identify the barriers to the early diagnosis of lung cancer across primary and secondary care, and from the patient and clinician perspectives. Methodology included clinical audit, patient interviews, patient and practitioner focus groups, and practitioner surveys. The methods and results of this project will be presented at this seminar.

Speakers : Dr Rob McNeil (Snr Lecturer, Health Systems) and Melissa Murray (Project Manager, Cancer Trials New Zealand)

This seminar is chaired by Prof Mark Elwood, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, School of Population Health