Supportive care priorities of low-income Latina breast cancer survivors
This study investigated the supportive care needs of a sample of low-income Latina breast cancer survivors.
Ninety-nine Spanish-speaking breast cancer survivors who self-identified as Latina and reported an income below the US Census Bureau low-income threshold were recruited from the oncology clinic of a major public safety net hospital. Eligible participants completed the supportive care needs survey (SCNS-SF34) and a demographic questionnaire.
Ninety-three percent of respondents had unmet needs. The majority of frequently reported unmet needs involved (1) access to and delivery of health-related information and (2) physical function. These findings appear to contrast with those of other studies of supportive care needs in heterogeneous cancer survivors, most of which describe psychological concerns as most urgent.
Participants espoused information-related needs with a higher frequency than many other samples of cancer survivors. This study population may also require a particularly high level of assistance with overcoming participation restrictions. Further research is needed to understand these discrepancies and to address unmet needs across all domains.
KeywordsHispanic Americans Breast cancer Needs assessment Socioeconomic factors
This study was supported by a research grant from the California Foundation for Occupational Therapy. The authors thank Gabrielle Granados and Karina Cordova for their contributions to this work.
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Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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