Healthcare utilisation among cancer survivors over 50 years of age

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/600483
Title:
Healthcare utilisation among cancer survivors over 50 years of age
Authors:
Coughlan, D; Doherty, E; Frick, K; Ward, P; O’Neill, C
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Feb-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/600483
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
There are now over 104,000 people living in Ireland with a cancer diagnosis. Using The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), healthcare utilisation of cancer survivors (aged 50 +) was compared with those without a history of cancer across service providers. Our cancer variable was stratified by time since diagnosis (2-5, 6-10, 11+ years) and type (breast, prostate, colorectal and a miscellaneous group of ‘other’ cancers). While the probability of cancer survivors accessing GP services was not significant different to respondents without a history of cancer, the probability of an outpatient specialist office visit was 19.5, 11.8 and 14.0 percentage points higher, respectively for those 2-5years, 6-10 years and 11 years or more after their cancer diagnosis and was statistically significant. In Ireland, the pattern of GP and specialist use appears less well defined compared to other European countries. This suggests an overarching policy response is required for cancer survivorship care.
Keywords:
CANCER; HEALTHCARE AND HEALTH SERVICES; HEALTH POLICY

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCoughlan, Den
dc.contributor.authorDoherty, Een
dc.contributor.authorFrick, Ken
dc.contributor.authorWard, Pen
dc.contributor.authorO’Neill, Cen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-02T13:08:07Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-02T13:08:07Zen
dc.date.issued2016-02en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/600483en
dc.descriptionThere are now over 104,000 people living in Ireland with a cancer diagnosis. Using The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), healthcare utilisation of cancer survivors (aged 50 +) was compared with those without a history of cancer across service providers. Our cancer variable was stratified by time since diagnosis (2-5, 6-10, 11+ years) and type (breast, prostate, colorectal and a miscellaneous group of ‘other’ cancers). While the probability of cancer survivors accessing GP services was not significant different to respondents without a history of cancer, the probability of an outpatient specialist office visit was 19.5, 11.8 and 14.0 percentage points higher, respectively for those 2-5years, 6-10 years and 11 years or more after their cancer diagnosis and was statistically significant. In Ireland, the pattern of GP and specialist use appears less well defined compared to other European countries. This suggests an overarching policy response is required for cancer survivorship care.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectCANCERen
dc.subjectHEALTHCARE AND HEALTH SERVICESen
dc.subjectHEALTH POLICYen
dc.titleHealthcare utilisation among cancer survivors over 50 years of ageen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
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