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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147845
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Costs of Cancer Care
Abstract:
The Costs of Cancer Care
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Bradley, Sarah, BS
P.I. Institution Name:University of Pittsburgh
Title:Research Assistant
Co-Authors:Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN; Catherine M. Bender, RN, PhD; Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP; Allison Hricik, MS, BS; Alyssa G. Newberry, ; Rebekah Hamilton, PhD, RN; Paula R. Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN
[Evidence-based presentation] Several studies have attempted to quantify the direct and indirect costs of cancer care.  However, little research has been done to evaluate how paying for cancer treatment impacts the family unit.  In addition, virtually no studies exist that evaluate costs of cancer care in persons with primary malignant brain tumors (PMBTs).  The purpose of this mixed method study was to explore financial burden in neuro-oncology and identify strategies used to offset the costs of cancer, to substantiate a theoretical framework for evaluating cancer costs.  Content analysis was used to identify themes from telephone interviews with 11 persons (superscript 3) 18 years of age who were receiving treatment for a PMBT.  Four major themes were identified -Paying for medication and healthcare, Strategies to offset costs, Impact of cancer costs, and Fear and uncertainty.  Once content analysis was completed with the entire sample, participants were classified as high, medium, or low income based on relationship to poverty thresholds determined by the U.S. Census Bureau.  In general, high-income participants had fewer reports of uncertainty/fear, were more likely to discuss planning for the future, and more likely to describe a negative impact of cancer treatment on income/employment.  No high-income participants reported relying on friends or family for financial support, a theme that was common in all interviews with moderate- and low-income participants.  Finally, low- and moderate-income participants were more likely to report that the cost of cancer care had negatively impacted their children, leading some children to limit extracurricular activities or seek employment to provide spending money.  Results elucidate the financial concerns and coping strategies of persons undergoing treatment for a PMBT and evaluate how themes differ by socioeconomic status.  Clinicians can use this data to target clients? needs during cancer treatment and help to implement interventions to alleviate the emotional burden of cancer costs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Costs of Cancer Careen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147845-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Costs of Cancer Care</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Bradley, Sarah, BS</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Pittsburgh</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Research Assistant</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sarah.bradley@hgen.pitt.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Heidi Donovan, PhD, RN; Catherine M. Bender, RN, PhD; Margaret Rosenzweig, PhD, CRNP; Allison Hricik, MS, BS; Alyssa G. Newberry, ; Rebekah Hamilton, PhD, RN; Paula R. Sherwood, PhD, RN, CNRN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Evidence-based presentation] Several studies have attempted to quantify the direct and indirect costs of cancer care.&nbsp; However, little research has been done to evaluate how paying for cancer treatment impacts the family unit.&nbsp; In addition, virtually no studies exist that evaluate costs of cancer care in persons with primary malignant brain tumors (PMBTs).&nbsp; The purpose of this mixed method study was to explore financial burden in neuro-oncology and identify strategies used to offset the costs of cancer, to substantiate a theoretical framework for evaluating cancer costs.&nbsp; Content analysis was used to identify themes from telephone interviews with 11 persons (superscript 3) 18 years of age who were receiving treatment for a PMBT.&nbsp; Four major themes were identified -Paying for medication and healthcare, Strategies to offset costs, Impact of cancer costs, and Fear and uncertainty.&nbsp; Once content analysis was completed with the entire sample, participants were classified as high, medium, or low income based on relationship to poverty thresholds determined by the U.S. Census Bureau.&nbsp; In general, high-income participants had fewer reports of uncertainty/fear, were more likely to discuss planning for the future, and more likely to describe a negative impact of cancer treatment on income/employment.&nbsp; No high-income participants reported relying on friends or family for financial support, a theme that was common in all interviews with moderate- and low-income participants.&nbsp; Finally, low- and moderate-income participants were more likely to report that the cost of cancer care had negatively impacted their children, leading some children to limit extracurricular activities or seek employment to provide spending money.&nbsp; Results elucidate the financial concerns and coping strategies of persons undergoing treatment for a PMBT and evaluate how themes differ by socioeconomic status.&nbsp; Clinicians can use this data to target clients? needs during cancer treatment and help to implement interventions to alleviate the emotional burden of cancer costs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:37:07Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:37:07Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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