- This study is relevant for anyone affected by cancer across the care continuum
- Research linking financial burden to emotional health is an important first step. However, more efforts are needed to help patients access high-quality, affordable cancer care.
Strength of Science: Medium-High
- Overall, this research study was well designed, but it was retrospective, meaning that the researchers did not have access to the cancer stage, severity, treatment used, and certain other patient information. Therefore, the researchers were unable to control for these factors.
- The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data does not include information about the cancer stage, severity, or treatment used, so researchers could not control for these factors. The survey relies on self-reported information which can be subject to recall bias.
- This research is an important step in understanding the impact of the cost for cancer care on patient quality of life. More research is needed to develop strategies to increase patient access to high-quality, affordable cancer care and to achieve health equity.