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Farias AJ, Du XL
Association between out-of-pocket costs, race/ethnicity, and adjuvant endocrine therapy adherence among Medicare patients with breast cancer.
This study aimed to determine whether there are racial/ethnic differences in 1-year adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) and whether out-of-pocket costs explain the racial/ethnic disparities in adherence. It concluded that racial/ethnic disparities in AET adherence were largely explained by women's differences in socioeconomic status and out-of-pocket medication costs.
Citation: Farias AJ, Du XL . Association between out-of-pocket costs, race/ethnicity, and adjuvant endocrine therapy adherence among Medicare patients with breast cancer. J Clin Oncol 2017 Jan;35(1):86-95.
Keywords: Cancer: Breast Cancer, Healthcare Costs, Patient Adherence/Compliance, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Social Determinants of Health