Multilevel socioeconomic effects on quality of life in adolescent and young adult survivors of leukemia and lymphoma
Published Date:Aug 26 2012
Source:Qual Life Res. 22(6):1339-1351.
Adolescents And Young Adults
Health Status Disparities
Health Status Indicators
Quality Of Life
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4556266
Funding:R36 DP002012/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
R36DP002012-01/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Cancer registry survival analyses have shown that adolescent and young adult patients with low socioeconomic status (SES) have reduced survival compared to those with higher SES. The objective of this study was to determine whether neighborhood- (nSES) and/or individual-level SES (iSES) also predicted current quality of life in adolescent and young adult survivors.
The Socioeconomics and Quality of Life study surveyed adolescent and young adult survivors of leukemia and lymphoma at least one year post-diagnosis using population-based ascertainment. Factor analysis was used to create a multidimensional age-relevant iSES score and compared with a preexisting census-block-group derived nSES score. Four quality of life domains were assessed: physical health, psychological and emotional well-being, social relationships, and life skills. Nested multivariable linear regression models were run to test the associations between both SES measures and quality of life and to compare the explanatory power of nSES and iSES.
Data from 110 individuals aged 16–40 were included in the final analysis. After adjustment for sociodemographic confounders, low nSES was associated only with poorer physical health, whereas low iSES was related to poorer quality of life in all four domains with iSES accounting for an additional 14, 12, 25, and 10 % of the variance, respectively.
Measures of SES at the individual as compared to the neighborhood level may be stronger indicators of outcomes in adolescents and young adults, which has important implications for SES measurement in the context of cancer surveillance.
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