Exploring the economic impact of breast cancers during the 18 months following diagnosis

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Title Exploring the economic impact of breast cancers during the 18 months following diagnosis
Author Gordon, Louisa; Scuffham, Paul Anthony; Hayes, Sandi; Newman, Beth
Journal Name Psycho-Oncology
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Abstract The economic impact on individuals with breast cancer is not well understood. We sought to identify and describe the direct and indirect economic losses to breast cancer survivors in Australia. A longitudinal, population-based study of 287 women was used to explore economic outcomes (costs and lost income) for women with breast cancer 0-18 months post-diagnosis. Survey methods collected data on out-of-pocket costs, care-giving support, paid and unpaid work reductions, and perceptions from participants on these financial impacts. Bootstrapping was used to estimate 95% confidence intervals around means. Data were sub-grouped by cost type, age category and disease severity. Lost income, health service expenditures and lost unpaid work were the greatest sources of economic burden. Women with positive lymph nodes reported significantly higher costs than those with negative lymph nodes (US$6674 versus US$3533, p<0.001), and younger women (50 years) with positive lymph nodes experienced costs 80% greater than older women (US$8880 versus US$4937, p<0.001). Economic costs related to breast cancer may continue to affect women 18 months post-diagnosis. Economic research adds an important dimension for understanding the impact of breast cancer, and findings may be used to help improve supportive care services for women and families confronted by this disease. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/5807/home
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.1182
Volume 16
Issue Number 12
Page from 1130
Page to 1139
ISSN 1057-9249
Date Accessioned 2007-10-24
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Medical and Health Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/17045
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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