Socioeconomic factors increase mortality after lung cancer surgery
the ONA take:
According to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, patients with limited education and low income have a greater risk of death within 30 days after undergoing surgery for lung cancer than those who are more educated and have more money.
For the study, researchers analyzed data from over 215,000 lung cancer operation admissions. Results showed that living in lower income households and in less-educated communities were independently associated with higher short-term postoperative mortality, in addition to other factors, including male gender, older age, late-stage cancer, multiple co-morbidities, and larger tumor size.
Specifically, those who resided in communities with a median household income of less than $30,000 had a 25% increased risk of dying after surgery within 30 days. Patients from less-educated communities had a 16% increased risk of death within 30 days compared with those from more educated communities.
"In order to get uniform superior outcomes for our patients, we need to identify the patients who are at risk for worse outcomes," said study co-author Felix G. Fernandez, MD, FACS, a lung surgeon and an assistant professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Atlanta. "This is the first step in describing where those disparities exist."
Patients with limited education and low income have a greater risk of death within 30 days after undergoing surgery for lung cancer.
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