Socioeconomic status and demographic assessment of advanced cancer patients in Palliative care department of a tertiary care centre : Observational...

Date 24 November 2018
Event ESMO Asia 2018 Congress
Session Poster display - Cocktail
Topics Bioethics, Legal, and Economic Issues
Palliative Care
Presenter Gaurav Kumar
Citation Annals of Oncology (2018) 29 (suppl_9): ix109-ix112. 10.1093/annonc/mdy440
Authors G. Kumar
  • Palliative Care, Balco Medical Center, 492015 - Raipur/IN

Abstract

Background

Cancer diagnosis may jeopardize the way of life of individuals and may result in a range of potential social problems. Detection and characterization of social problems has been found to improve care of cancer patients and result in improved quality of life.

Methods

From May 2017 to October 2017 we assessed the demographic features and socio-economic status of 80 advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care, by interviewing them face to face with the help of a self-designed social assessment sheet.

Results

A total of 80 patients consented to be interviewed with regards to assessment of their socio-economic conditions. Majority were male patients (64%) with the highest percentage in the age group of 60-70 years (33%). 38% of the patients interviewed were from rural and 20% from semi-urban surroundings. It was observed that only 38% of the patients had completed their basic education. Approximately 30% of the patients interviewed had income less than 1lakh/month while majority (>60%) had income in the bracket of $1377 to $2754 per annum. In 30% of cases, the patient was the sole earner in the family and had serious social concerns compared with families where other members contributed to the pooled family income.

Conclusions

It was observed that the majority of patients and their families were constrained with regards to financial resources and a large percentage of patients had social insecurity with respect to future of family members.

Editorial acknowledgement

Clinical trial identification

Legal entity responsible for the study

Dr Gaurav Kumar.

Funding

Has not received any funding.

Disclosure

The author has declared no conflicts of interest.