People with cancer who shoulder a high financial burden tend to experience poor health-related quality of life (HRQOL), researchers concluded after conducting a study involving nearly 6,800 individuals. Participants were from the 2010 to 2014 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Investigators looked at the link between high financial burden and HRQOL, nonspecific psychological distress, and depressed mood. Among the results:
- 15% of patients had financial burden that exceeded 10% of family income.
- 6% had burden that exceeded 20% of income.
- More patients with high financial burden experienced lower HRQOL than those without such burden.
- There was a greater tendency toward nonspecific psychological distress in those with high financial burden.
- The relationship was stronger when observing physical vs mental health.
- Depressed mood was not significantly linked with high financial burden.
Park J, Look K. Relationship between objective financial burden and the health-related quality of life and mental health of patients with cancer. [Published online ahead of print January 30, 2018]. J Oncol Pract. doi:10.1200/JOP.2017.027136.