Geographic disparities in prostate cancer outcomes - review of international patterns

Baade, Peter D. and Yu, Xue Qin and Smith, David P. and Dunn, Jeff and Chambers, Suzanne K. (2015) Geographic disparities in prostate cancer outcomes - review of international patterns. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, 16 (3). pp. 1259-1275. ISSN 1513-7368

Abstract

Background: This study reviewed the published evidence as to how prostate cancer outcomes vary across geographical remoteness and area level disadvantage. Materials and Methods: A review of the literature published from January 1998 to January 2014 was undertaken: Medline and CINAHL databases were searched in February to May 2014. The search terms included terms of 'Prostate cancer' and 'prostatic neoplasms' coupled with 'rural health', 'urban health', 'geographic inequalities', 'spatial', 'socioeconomic', 'disadvantage', 'health literacy' or 'health service accessibility'. Outcome specific terms were 'incidence', 'mortality', 'prevalence', 'survival', 'disease progression', 'PSA testing' or 'PSA screening', 'treatment', 'treatment complications' and 'recurrence'. A further search through internet search engines was conducted to identify any additional relevant published reports. Results: 91 papers were included in the review. While patterns were sometimes contrasting, the predominate patterns were for PSA testing to be more common in urban (5 studies out of 6) and affluent areas (2 of 2), higher prostate cancer incidence in urban (12 of 22) and affluent (18 of 20), greater risk of advanced stage prostate cancer in rural (7 of 11) and disadvantaged (8 of 9), higher survival in urban (8 of 13) and affluent (16 of 18), greater access or use of definitive treatment services in urban (6 of 9) and affluent (7 of 7), and higher prostate mortality in rural (10 of 20) and disadvantaged (8 of 16) areas. Conclusions: Future studies may need to utilise a mixed methods approach, in which the quantifiable attributes of the individuals living within areas are measured along with the characteristics of the areas themselves, but importantly include a qualitative examination of the lived experience of people within those areas. These studies should be conducted across a range of international countries using consistent measures and incorporate dialogue between clinicians, epidemiologists, policy advocates and disease control specialists.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 01:36
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2017 01:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geography; Incidence; Inequalities; Mortality; Prostate cancer; PSA testing; Survival; Geography; Health Services Accessibility; Healthcare Disparities; Humans; International Agencies; Male; Prognosis; Prostatic Neoplasms; Socioeconomic Factors; Survival Rate;
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111299 Oncology and Carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.3.1259
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32031

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