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    MA14 - Survivorship, Socioeconomic and End-of-Life Considerations (ID 915)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Mini Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Treatment in the Real World - Support, Survivorship, Systems Research
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/25/2018, 10:30 - 12:00, Room 205 BD
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      MA14.06 - Predictors of Financial Toxicity, an Under-Recognized Patient-Reported Outcome (ID 13571)

      11:05 - 11:10  |  Author(s): Lisa Le

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      In contemporary cancer care, financial distress has been established as a clinically relevant patient-reported outcome (PRO) associated with worse mortality and quality of life, but remains under-recognized by health care providers. Our goal was to define predictors of patient financial toxicity (FT) in a public healthcare system.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      Patients with advanced lung cancer were recruited from outpatient clinics at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Toronto, Canada). FT was measured with the validated Comprehensive Score for Financial Toxicity (COST) instrument, an 11-item survey scored from 0-44 with lower scores reflecting worse financial well-being. Data on patient and treatment characteristics, total out-of-pocket costs (OOP) and extended insurance coverage (EIC) were collected. Associations between variables and COST score were evaluated using multivariable regression analyses.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      Of 249 patients approached, 200 (80%) participated. Median age of the cohort was 65 years; 44% were male, 36% immigrants, 67% employed or on pension, with median OOP between $1000-5000 CAD. Median COST score was 21 (range 0-44). FT was associated with age, with patients <65 years reporting greater FT than older patients (COST 18 vs. 25; P<0.0001). Employed patients or those receiving pension income reported less FT than unemployed patients (22 vs. 19; P=0.01). Less FT occurred in patients with EIC compared to those without (23 vs. 19; P=0.03). Patients with higher OOP reported more FT (P<0.0001). Patients on clinical trials reported less FT than others (25 vs. 20; P=0.04). In multivariable linear regression, younger age was a predictor of higher FT, when adjusting for income, employment status, OOP and EIC (P<0.0001).

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      Age is a predictor of FT in the Canadian (Ontario) public healthcare system, with younger lung cancer patients reporting greater financial distress. This study highlights priority patient populations where FT should be routinely assessed and appropriate resources for support offered.


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