Older, less educated, male survivors less likely to have health promotion discussions
the ONA take:
Cancer survivors with diabetes and people less likely to engage in healthy behaviors were more likely to engage in health promotion discussions with their physicians, while males and older and less educated survivors were less likely to have these discussions, a recent study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship has shown.
For the study, researchers surveyed 874 lung cancer and colorectal cancer survivors about whether a physician discussed strategies to improve health, exercise, and diet habits in the previous year.
Results showed that 59% of participants reported that a physician discussed strategies to improve health and exercise, 44% reported diet discussions, and 24% reported no discussions.
Researchers found that survivors with lower education were less likely to report discussing all three topics, while survivors with diabetes were more likely.
Survivors 65 years and older were also less likely to report discussing strategies to improve health diet. On the other hand, male and colorectal cancer survivors were more likely to report discussing diet.
“Decreasing physician barriers and encouraging patients to discuss health promotion, especially in the context of clinical care for older survivors and those with low education, is essential for promoting the overall well-being of cancer survivors,” the authors conclude.
Cancer survivors with diabetes and people less likely to engage in healthy behaviors more likely to engage in health promotion discussions.
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