The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement
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The prevalence of cancer survivorship in the USA is expected to increase in the future because the US population is increasing in size and is aging and because survival following diagnosis is improving for many types of cancer. Medical care costs associated with cancer are also projected to increase dramatically. However, currently available data for estimating medical care costs and other important aspects of the burden of cancer, including time spent receiving medical care, productivity loss due to morbidity for patients and their families, and financial hardship, are limited, particularly in the population under the age of 65.
We describe selected publicly available data sources for estimating the burden of cancer in the USA and a new collaborative effort to improve the quality of these data: the nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement.
Data from this effort can be used to address key gaps in cancer survivorship research related to medical care costs, employment patterns, financial hardship, and other aspects of the burden of illness for cancer survivors and their families.
Implications for cancer survivors
Research using the MEPS Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement can inform efforts by health care policy makers, healthcare systems, providers, and employers to improve the cancer survivorship experience in the USA.
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Journal of Cancer Survivorship
Volume 6, Issue 4 , pp 407-419
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- 1. Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, USA
- 7. Health Services and Economics Branch/Applied Research Program, National Cancer Institute, Executive Plaza North, Room 4005, 6130 Executive Blvd., MSC 7344, Bethesda, MD, 20892-7344, USA
- 2. Institute for Technology Assessment, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
- 3. Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
- 4. Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
- 5. Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, USA
- 6. Health Services Research Program, Intramural Research Department, American Cancer Society National Home Office, Atlanta, GA, USA