Involving Latinos with cancer in care decisions, allowing them sufficient time with their providers, and providing them with access to medical advice may help address the issues that lead to health-related quality of life (HRQOL) discrepancies in these patients, researchers concluded after conducting a study involving 288 individuals. Latinos diagnosed with breast, prostate, or colorectal cancer completed questionnaires within 2 years of receiving cancer treatment. Among the results:
- Patients who were satisfied with their care were more likely to experience greater HRQOL.
- They felt they could more confidently manage psychological distress.
- They received more social support from others, had access to more social/recreational activities, and experienced better patient-provider communication.
- Patients who were foreign-born, less assimilated, and spoke only Spanish experienced poorer patient-provider communication, even after adjusting for certain variables.
Moreno P, Ramirez A, San Miguel-Majors SL, et al. Satisfaction with cancer care, self-efficacy, and health-related quality of life in Latino cancer survivors. [Published online ahead of print February 1, 2018]. Cancer. doi:10.1002/cncr.31263.