Andrew J. Russell

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BACKGROUND Early diagnosis is a key focus of cancer control because of its association with survival. Delays in diagnosis can occur throughout the diagnostic pathway, within any one of its three component intervals: the patient interval, the primary care interval and the secondary care interval. DISCUSSION A key focus for help-seeking research in patients(More)
The idea of the smoking person portrayed in public health has been criticised as being based on too narrow a view of human nature. This article discusses that view: that of a person with a stable core and epiphenomenal 'behaviours' that can be removed by rational persuasion or Pavlovian manipulation, and examines social scientific critiques of it. The(More)
social researchUpdate The semi-structured or unstructured open-ended interview is a seminal method in qualitative social research. In many research fields, the interview offers access to individuals' own interpretations, perceptions, experiences and practices. Transcripts, the verbatim write-up of audio-recorded interviews, are a respected and in many ways(More)
BACKGROUND The term 'difficult' is pervasively used in relation to medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) and patients with MUS. This article scrutinises the use of the term by analysing interview data from a study of secondary care specialists' experiences with and attitudes towards patients suffering from MUS. DESIGN Qualitative design employing(More)
The use of Big Data--however the term is defined--involves a wide array of issues and stakeholders, thereby increasing numbers of complex decisions around issues including data acquisition, use, and sharing. Big Data is becoming a significant component of practice in an ever-increasing range of disciplines; however, since it is not a coherent "discipline"(More)
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