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Immigrants' perceptions of the quality of their cancer care: an Australian comparative study, identifying potentially modifiable factors

D Goldstein, ML Bell, P Butow, M Sze, L Vaccaro, S Dong, W Liauw, R Hui, M Tattersall, W Ng, R Asghari, C Steer, J Vardy, P Parente, M Harris, NV Karanth, M King, A Girgis, M Eisenbruch, M Jefford



BACKGROUND: Recent data show a falling cancer mortality in the general population without a similar shift in immigrant outcomes, leading to a greater cancer burden and mortality for immigrants. Our aims were to compare perceived patterns of care in immigrants and native-born cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a hospital-based sample of first-generation immigrants and Australian-born Anglo patients in the first year following diagnosis. It was restricted to Chinese, Arabic, or Greek speakers. Eligible participants, recruited via 16 oncology clinics, were over 18, with cancer (any type or stage), and having commenced treatment at least 1 month previously. Five hundred and seventy-..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a grant from the Cancer Australia and beyond blue under the Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme, with some additional financial support provided by Multicultural Health Service, South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Health under the Cultural Diversity Health Enhancement Grants Program. PB holds an NHMRC Senior Principal research fellowship, MK is supported by the Australian Government through Cancer Australia, and AG is supported by a Cancer Institute New South Wales grant.