April 7, 2015, Issue #465
AHRQ Stats: Guidance for Elderly Cancer Survivors
Among elderly cancer survivors in 2011 who were covered by Medicare only, less than one-fourth reported that their doctor had discussed in detail their need to make lifestyle changes after treatment. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #451: Experiences with Health Care Providers among Cancer Survivors, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011.)
STATISTICAL BRIEF #451:
|Anita Soni, PhD, MBA|
- Two-thirds of cancer survivors between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that their health care providers discussed their follow-up care in detail.
- A little more than half of the survivors in families with low income reported having a detailed discussion with their health care provider about follow-up and care after cancer treatment.
- Less than half of the elderly survivors with Medicare-only insurance reported having a detailed discussion with their health care provider about follow-up care.
- Among cancer survivors ages 18-64, less than one-fourth with private insurance reported that their health care provider briefly discussed the side effects of the cancer treatment.
- Almost half of the elderly with Medicare-only insurance reported that their health care providers didn't discuss their social or emotional needs after the treatment at all.
- Less than one-fourth of elderly survivors with Medicare only reported that their doctors discussed in detail the need for them to make lifestyle changes after cancer treatment.