Markers of low socio-economic status
and lack of social support are associated
with low health-related quality-of-life in
...
Introduction & Methods
Background:
Increasing focus on maximising quality, as well as quantity, of life
after cancer diagn...
Characteristics of participants
% of 495 respondents
Sex Cancer site
male 63% colon 61%
female 37% rectum 39%
Age at diagn...
HRQoL
1%
0.2%
1% 1%
4% 4%
15%
6%
21%
8%
20%
3%
17%
0.0%
5.0%
10.0%
15.0%
20.0%
25.0%
Frequency
HRQoL: global health score
...
Results/Conclusions
• Education and family
circumstances predict low
HRQoL in CRC survivors, after
adjusting for clinical ...
Results/Conclusions
• Education and family
circumstances predict low
HRQoL in CRC survivors, after
adjusting for clinical ...
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Markers of low socio-economic status and lack of social support are associated with low health-related quality-of-life in colorectal cancer survivors

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A presentation given at the Irish Cancer Society's Survivorship Research Day at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Thursday, September 20th, 2013.

Alan O'Ceallachair, Linda Sharp, Eamonn O’Leary, Mairead Skally, Paul Hanly

Markers of low socio-economic status and lack of social support are associated with low health-related quality-of-life in colorectal cancer survivors

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Markers of low socio-economic status and lack of social support are associated with low health-related quality-of-life in colorectal cancer survivors

  1. 1. Markers of low socio-economic status and lack of social support are associated with low health-related quality-of-life in colorectal cancer survivors Linda Sharp, Alan O’Ceilleachair, Eamonn O’Leary, Mairead Skally, Paul Hanly email: a.oceilleachair@ucc.ie
  2. 2. Introduction & Methods Background: Increasing focus on maximising quality, as well as quantity, of life after cancer diagnosis. HRQoL as a potential prognostic factor in some cancers Aim: To investigate factors associated with HRQoL among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. Methods: Cross-sectional postal survey of CRC survivors (ICD10 C18-20) 6-30 months post-Dx EORTC QLQ30 Socio-demographic and clinical variables multivariate logistic regression; predicting low HRQoL (≤50 , bottom quartile)
  3. 3. Characteristics of participants % of 495 respondents Sex Cancer site male 63% colon 61% female 37% rectum 39% Age at diagnosis Time since diagnosis <65 40% <1 year 37% 65-74 34% 1-2 years 47% 75+ 26% 2+ years 16% Employment status at diagnosis Stage at diagnosis working 40% I/II 47% retired 42% III/IV 42% other 18% unstaged 11% Marital status Treatment received married/cohabiting 76% surgery 86% other 24% chemotherapy 28% radiotherapy 16% response rate=40%
  4. 4. HRQoL 1% 0.2% 1% 1% 4% 4% 15% 6% 21% 8% 20% 3% 17% 0.0% 5.0% 10.0% 15.0% 20.0% 25.0% Frequency HRQoL: global health score lowest HRQoL highest HRQoL mean=69.8 (sd=21.6) median=66.7 (inter-quartile range 50.0-83.3) “low” HRQoL
  5. 5. Results/Conclusions • Education and family circumstances predict low HRQoL in CRC survivors, after adjusting for clinical variables. • Education- socio-economic status Children – social support. • These findings highlight subgroups of survivors who might benefit from additional support, advice or care.
  6. 6. Results/Conclusions • Education and family circumstances predict low HRQoL in CRC survivors, after adjusting for clinical variables. • Education- socio-economic status Children – social support. • These findings highlight subgroups of survivors who might benefit from additional support, advice or care.

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