Low-Socioeconomic Status and Breast Cancer: Needs and Resource Gaps
Enzler, Cassandra J.
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Breast cancer is a threat to a large percentage of the U.S. population, affecting nearly 12% of women within their lifetime. While many studies have studied the needs of breast cancer patients, few have focused on the needs of low-socioeconomic status (SES) breast cancer patients. Qualitative interviews performed among low-SES breast cancer patients and providers from Boston, MA and Knoxville, TN were analyzed for common themes. Both regions had common themes related to low-SES patient needs that were both met, such as social support and relaxation methods, and unmet, such as transportation and attention to medical care. Both regions also had common themes among providers and professionals who interact with low-SES breast cancer patients, such as transportation and financial difficulties that affect the quality of life for low-SES breast cancer patients. Each region also had unique needs that were discussed by both low-SES breast cancer patients and providers. These findings highlight resources and programs that currently benefit low-SES breast cancer patients, as well as gaps in services that do not meet this population’s needs. Future direction includes utilizing this information for development of resources to better meet the needs of low-SES breast cancer patients.
- Health services