MacLeod, U., Ross, S., Twelves, C., George, W.D., and Watt, G.C.M. (2000) Primary and secondary care management of women with early breast cancer from affluent and deprived areas: a retrospective review of hospital and general practice records. British Medical Journal, 320(7247), pp. 1442-1445. (doi:10.1136/bmj.320.7247.1442)
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7247.1442
Objectives: To investigate whether poorer survival of breast cancer among deprived women compared with affluent women is related to their NHS care.
Design: Retrospective review of hospital and general practice case records.
Setting: Greater Glasgow Health Board area.
Subjects: Women diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992-3 who lived in the most affluent (deprivation categories 1 and 2) and the most deprived areas (deprivation categories 6 and 7) of Glasgow (Carstairs and Morris deprivation index).
Main outcome measures: Breast cancer treatment, time from general practice consultation to clinic visit and surgery, and details of hospital admissions and follow up in primary and secondary care.
Results: The access to care and surgical and oncological treatment of women from affluent and deprived areas were similar. Admissions to hospital for problems not related to breast cancer were more common in those living in deprived areas (number admitted once or more: 51 (24%) v13 (10%), P=0.001). Consultation patterns in general practice by the second year after diagnosis showed women in deprived areas consulting more frequently than women in affluent areas (median (interquartile range) number of consultations (5 (2-10) v 7 (4-13), P=0.01).
Conclusion: Women living in affluent areas did not receive better NHS care for breast cancer than women in deprived areas. However, women from deprived areas seem to have greater comorbidity, and poorer outcomes from breast cancer among these women is probably due to factors which result in deprived communities having poorer health outcomes rather than to management of their breast cancer.
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||MacLeod, Dr Una and Watt, Professor Graham|
|Authors:||MacLeod, U., Ross, S., Twelves, C., George, W.D., and Watt, G.C.M.|
|College/School:||College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > General Practice and Primary Care|
|Journal Name:||British Medical Journal|