Evans J, Atherton I, Dibben CJL & Hubbard G (2011) The health and well-being of people with a previous diagnosis of cancer: A record-linkage study in Scotland. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, 3 (10), pp. 429-432. http://www.academicjournals.org/jphe/PDF/pdf2011/14%20October/Evans%20%20et%20al.pdf
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 greater than 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).
Cancer survivors; record-linkage; routine datasets; health; well-being
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