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Table 6 Factors influencing health care-related delay (n = 83 patients)

From: Factors influencing patient and health care delays in Oropharyngeal Cancer

 Number (%)PHCa delayP valueSpecialist-care delaybP value
Initial place of visit  0.088  
 General physician, dentist or hospital emergency71 (85.5)16.0   
 Private otolaryngologist10 (12.0)1.0   
 Unknown2 (2.4)    
Was a follow-up visit scheduled?  0.012  
 No16 (19.3)37.5   
 Yes65 (78.3)14.0   
 Unknown2 (2.4)    
Number of health-care visits before referral to specialist care < 0.001  
 One37 (44.6)1.0   
 Two22 (26.5)20.0   
 Three or more16 (19.3)33.0   
 Unknown8 (9.6)    
Appointment at other hospital    0.066
 No60 (72.3)  49.0 
 Yes23 (27.7)  63.0 
Treatment modality    0.112
 Surgery with or without adjuvant (chemo-)radiation30 (36.1)  46.0 
  (Chemo-)radiation53 (63.9)  55.0 
Treatment intent  0.030  
 Curative77 (92.8)17.0   
 Palliative6 (7.2)0.5   
  1. aPHC primary health care
  2. bn = 77 patients