Social disparities and symptom burden in populations with advanced cancer: specialist palliative care providers' perspectives.

Affiliation

EQUAL Research Program in Palliative Care, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, 3rd Floor Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, 11405 87 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 1C9, Canada. [Email]

Abstract

Disparities in access to palliative care services for populations with social disparities have been reported in Western countries. Studies indicate that these populations tend to report higher symptom distress than other population groups. We need to further investigate how social disparities influence symptom burden to improve symptom relief in these populations.

Keywords

Health status disparities,Palliative care,Qualitative research,Social determinants of health,Symptom assessment,Symptom burden,