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Cancer Care Coordination in Rural Hawaii: a Focus Group Study
Presents results from focus group discussions about challenges and facilitators of coordinated care with 8 rural cancer patients receiving active treatment in Hawaii. Identifies themes related to access to care, insurance, travel, electronic patient portal use, and more.
Author(s): Shin Chang, Michelle Liu, Christa Braun-Inglis, Randall Holcombe, Izumi Okado
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 24, 518
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Demographic Disparities in the Limited Awareness of Alcohol Use as a Breast Cancer Risk Factor: Empirical Findings from a Cross-Sectional Study of U.S. Women
Examines the general awareness of breast cancer risk with alcohol use according to sociodemographic variables. Surveys adult women regarding cancer risk awareness, with data broken down by age, income, education, health status, alcohol use, information sources, U.S. region, and rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Monica H. Swahn, Priscilla Martinez, Adelaide Balenger, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 24, 1076
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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The Influence of Rurality on Melanoma Diagnosis in Indiana: A Retrospective Cohort Study
Compares demographics and disease characteristics of rural and urban patients diagnosed with melanoma in Indiana between January 2017 and September 2022. Discusses rural disparities in access and treatment.
Author(s): Gloria R. Xue, Marie Clark, Claudia Morr, James E. Slaven, Syril Keena T. Que
Citation: Cancer Reports, 7(4), e2072
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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What Would Shifting To A Single-Dose HPV Vaccine Mean For Health And Access?
Discusses the potential impact of single-dose human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines on health disparities for rural residents, lower socioeconomic status patients, men, and sexual and gender minorities. Discusses relief of cost barriers for health systems and vaccine shortages.
Author(s): Matthew Najarian, Amanda F. Petrik
Citation: Health Affairs Forefront
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Vital Signs: Mammography Use and Association with Social Determinants of Health and Health-Related Social Needs Among Women — United States, 2022
Reports on the prevalence of mammography use within the previous 2 years among women age 40-49 and 50-74. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Jacqueline W. Miller, Jessica A. King, Katrina F. Trivers, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 73(15), 351-357
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Urban Relatives Ameliorate Survival Disparities for Genitourinary Cancer in Rural Patients
Compares genitourinary cancer survival rates of 24,746 rural patients with and without urban relatives from 1968-2018 Utah Population Database data. Discusses how family supports may influence access to care in rural areas.
Author(s): Mouneeb Choudry, Kassandra Dindinger-Hill, Jacob Ambrose, et al.
Citation: Cancer Medicine, 13(5), e7058
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Rural-Specific Identity and Associations with Lifestyle Behaviors and Well-Being Among Rural Cancer Survivors
Examines how issues such as rural identity, attitudes toward rurality, and health beliefs impact rural cancer survivors' well-being. Utilizes survey data from 188 cancer survivors to discuss the relationship between sociocultural factors and quality of life, cancer fatalism, cancer information overload, rural identity and perceptions, and more.
Author(s): Kristina L. Tatum, Bonny B. Morris, Trevin E. Glasgow, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Health Care Contact Days Among Older Cancer Survivors
Analyzes factors associated with healthcare contact days among older adult cancer survivors using the 2019 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) and linked Medicare claims data. Evaluates the effect of demographics, self-rated health, care-seeking behaviors, rural status, and more.
Author(s): Arjun Gupta, Emma D. Chant, Supriya Mohile, et al.
Citation: JCO Oncology Practice
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Satisfaction with Care among Cancer Survivors with Medicare Coverage: Are there Rural Versus Urban Inequities?
Analyzes rural and urban satisfaction with a variety of aspects of healthcare among cancer survivors, including convenience of getting to providers and ability to meet all healthcare needs at a single location. Utilizes 2020 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey data adjusted for demographic factors, health insurance, and overall health.
Author(s): Tyrone F. Borders
Citation: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 15
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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2024-2026 Tennessee State Health Plan
Presents a plan for health improvement in Tennessee for the period 2024-2026. Describes the state of health in Tennessee, identifies priorities, and makes recommendations related to early life, care delivery, social determinants of health, and more. Highlights goals for nutrition, maternal and infant health, older adults and healthy aging, chronic conditions, cancer screening, transportation, and health workforce.
Additional links: State Health Plan Priority Areas
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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