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Title: Immigrants' perceptions of the quality of their cancer care: an Australian comparative study, identifying potentially modifiable factors.
Authors: Goldstein, D
Bell, M L
Butow, P
Sze, M
Vaccaro, L
Dong, S
Liauw, W
Hui, R
Tattersall, M
Ng, W
Asghari, R
Steer, C
Vardy, J
Parente, P
Harris, M
Karanth, N V
King, M
Girgis, A
Eisenbruch, M
Jefford, M
Affiliation: Department of Medical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney..
Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), University of Sydney, Sydney..
Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), University of Sydney, Sydney Centre of Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), University of Sydney, Sydney phyllis.butow@sydney.edu.au..
Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), University of Sydney, Sydney..
Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), University of Sydney, Sydney..
Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), University of Sydney, Sydney..
Cancer Care Centre, St George Hospital, Sydney..
Department of Medical Oncology, Westmead Hospital and Blacktown Oncology Unit, Blacktown Hospital Sydney, Sydney..
Department of Cancer Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney Department of Medical Oncology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney..
Department of Medical Oncology, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney..
Bankstown Cancer Care Centre, Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital, Sydney..
Border Medical Oncology, Wodonga..
Centre of Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), University of Sydney, Sydney..
Department of Clinical Haematology and Medical Oncology, Box Hill Hospital, Victoria..
Department of Medical Oncology, Monash Medical Centre, Victoria..
Department of Medical Oncology, Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory..
Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG), University of Sydney, Sydney..
Translational Cancer Research Unit, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, and University of NSW, Sydney..
School of Psych, Psychiatry and Psych Medicine, Monash University, Victoria..
Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology and Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria Division of Medicine, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia..
Issue Date: Aug-2014
Citation: Annals of oncology : official journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology 2014-08; 25(8): 1643-9
Abstract: Recent data show a falling cancer mortality in the general population without a similar shift in immigrant outcomes, leading to a greater cancer burden and mortality for immigrants. Our aims were to compare perceived patterns of care in immigrants and native-born cancer patients. This was a hospital-based sample of first-generation immigrants and Australian-born Anglo patients in the first year following diagnosis. It was restricted to Chinese, Arabic, or Greek speakers. Eligible participants, recruited via 16 oncology clinics, were over 18, with cancer (any type or stage), and having commenced treatment at least 1 month previously. Five hundred and seventy-one CALD patients (comprising 145 Arabic, 248 Chinese, and 178 Greek) and a control group of 274 Anglo-Australian patients participated. Immigrants had difficulty communicating with the doctor (73% versus 29%) and understanding the health system (38% versus 10%). Differences were found in 'difficulty knowing who to see' (P = 0.0002), 'length of time to confirm diagnosis' (P = 0.04), wanting more choice about a specialist and hospital (P < 0.0001); being offered the opportunity to see a counselor (P < 0.0001); and actually seeing one (P < 0.0001). There were no significant self-reported differences regarding how cancer was detected, time to see a health professional, or type first seen; however, immigrants reported difficulty knowing who to see. Previous studies showed differences in patterns of care according to socioeconomic status (SES) and educational level. Despite adjusting for age, sex, education, marital status, SES, time since diagnosis, and type of cancer, we did not find significant differences. Instead, we found that understanding of the health system and confidence understanding English were important factors. This study confirmed that immigrants with cancer perceive an inferior quality of cancer care. We highlight potentially modifiable factors including assistance in navigating the health system, translated information, and cultural competency training for health professionals.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10567
DOI: 10.1093/annonc/mdu182
Type: Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Subjects: cancer outcomes
care co-ordination
health services
immigrant health
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Australia
Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)
Ethnic Groups
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Neoplasms
Surveys and Questionnaires
Emigrants and Immigrants
Perception
Quality of Health Care
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