1. Wu, Xiao-Dan MS, RN
  2. Zeng, Ying-Yu MS, RN
  3. Wu, Xiao-Jun PhD
  4. Qin, Hui-Ying MS, RN


The objective of this study was to describe prehospital delay and health beliefs in Chinese patients with colorectal cancer. A total of 756 adult Chinese patients with a first-time diagnosis of colorectal cancer were recruited during 2016 in Guangzhou, China. All patients completed the Chinese-language version of a questionnaire developed specifically for this study as well as the Chinese-language version of the Champion Health Belief Model Scale. The results of this study showed that the median length of the prehospital delay was 12 weeks and that the average delay was 18.29 (SD = 14.66) weeks. The rate of prehospital delay was 47.35%. The score of health beliefs among these patients was 115.56 (SD = 9.00) and the average score of the entries was 3.21 (SD = 0.25). Health beliefs about colorectal cancer were negatively correlated with prehospital delay. A multiple logistic regression showed that the level of health beliefs, frequency of physical examinations, occupation, and the site of the cancer were the major factors influencing prehospital delay (p < .05). The patients had a low rate of physical examination (41.40%), and colorectal cancer screening was not routine prior to their physical examination. This study showed that the incidence of prehospital delay among Chinese patients with colorectal cancer was 47.35%. Multiple factors influenced prehospital delay among Chinese patients with colorectal cancer.