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Factors influencing the delivery of cancer pathways: a summary of the literature

Brice, Syaribah, Harper, Paul, Crosby, Tom, Gartner, Daniel, Arruda, Edilson, England, Tracey, Aspland, Emma and Foley, Kieran 2021. Factors influencing the delivery of cancer pathways: a summary of the literature. Journal of Health Organization and Management 35 (9) , pp. 121-139. 10.1108/JHOM-05-2020-0192

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Purpose The study aims to summarise the literature on cancer care pathways at the diagnostic and treatment phases. The objectives are to find factors influencing the delivery of cancer care pathways; to highlight any interrelating factors; to find gaps in the literature concerning areas of research; to summarise the strategies and recommendations implemented in the studies. Design/methodology/approach The study used a qualitative approach and developed a causal loop diagram to summarise the current literature on cancer care pathways, from screening and diagnosis to treatment. A total of 46 papers was finally included in the analysis, which highlights the recurring themes in the literature. Findings The study highlights the myriad areas of research applied to cancer care pathways. Factors influencing the delivery of cancer care pathways were classified into different albeit interrelated themes. These include access barriers to care, hospital emergency admissions, fast track diagnostics, delay in diagnosis, waiting time to treatment and strategies to increase system efficiency. Originality/value As far as the authors know, this is the first study to present a visual representation of the complex relationship between factors influencing the delivery of cancer care pathways.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1477-7266
Funders: CRUK
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 March 2021
Date of Acceptance: 27 January 2021
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 06:49

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