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Table 2 Health-seeking pathways of patients in Guatemala

From: Patient-centered boundary mechanisms to foster intercultural partnerships in health care: a case study in Guatemala

  Number of visited prior institutions Time span between initial symptoms and arrival at Maya healer/specialized oncologist Reasons for abandoning biomedical treatment/reasons for late attention of specialized oncologist
Patient group Average Range Average Range  
Patients of Maya healers interviewed in the case study 2 1–8 7.3 years 2 months–20 years Lack of funds, disliking treatment experience, disliking treatment outcome
35 Maya patients at INCAN 3 1–7 3 years 3 months–12 years Lack of funds, geographical access, lack of guidance, and language problems