Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 569

Full Length Research Paper

The health and well-being of people with a previous diagnosis of cancer: A record-linkage study in Scotland

Josie M. M. Evans1*, Iain A. Atherton2, Chris Dibben3 and Gill Hubbard4
1School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, United Kingdom. 2School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling (Highland Campus), Inverness  IV2 3JH, United Kingdom. 3School of Geography and Geosciences, University of St. Andrews, Irvine Building, North Street, St Andrews, KY16 9AL, United Kingdom. 4Cancer Care Research Centre, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, United Kingdom.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 August 2011
  •  Published: 30 October 2011

Abstract

Routinely collected health care data (the Scottish Cancer Registry) were record-linked to representative survey data on health and health behaviours (the Government-funded Scottish Health Survey) to compare the health and well-being of cancer survivors in Scotland with people who had never had cancer; a methodological approach which has been under-utilised. After adjusting for age, sex and occupational classification, people with a previous diagnosis of cancer (even > 6 years previously) (n = 507) were more likely to have poorer self-assessed health, reduced activity and psychological morbidity than people who had never had cancer (n = 25,631).

 

Key words: Cancer survivors, record-linkage, routine datasets, health and well-being.