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USA Today/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health National Survey of Households Affected by Cancer « » The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

USA Today/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health National Survey of Households Affected by Cancer

USA Today/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health National Survey of Households Affected by Cancer

This USA Today/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health National Survey provides an in-depth examination of how families cope with cancer and highlights problems of health insurance and health care costs through the lens of those who have experienced this major illness. The survey shows the disease’s devastating impact often extends beyond an individual patient to affect entire families — sometimes causing financial crises, strained relationships, and physical and mental health issues for those who love and care for people diagnosed with cancer.

The National Survey of Households Affected by Cancer is a nationally representative survey of 930 adults ages 18 years and older who say they, or another family member in their household, have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer in the past five years (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). The survey was conducted by telephone between Aug. 1 and Sept. 14, 2006, and has a margin of sampling error of 4%.

The USA Today/Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health Survey Project is a three-way partnership. USA Today, Kaiser, and Harvard jointly design and analyze surveys examining health care issues. USA Today retains editorial control over the content published by the paper.

USA Today is featuring the survey results in a series of articles available online:
“Cancer Care Often Uncoordinated” “Cancer Hurts Caregivers, Too”
“Cancer Patients Keep on Working” “The Upside of Cancer: A New Outlook on Life”

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