Perceptions of care coordination in a population-based sample of diverse breast cancer patients

Sarah T. Hawley*, Nancy K. Janz, Sarah E. Lillie, Christopher R. Friese, Jennifer J. Griggs, John J. Graff, Ann S. Hamilton, Sarika Jain, Steven J. Katz

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Objective: To identify factors associated with perceptions of care coordination in a diverse sample of breast cancer patients. Methods: Breast cancer patients reported to the metropolitan SEER registries of Detroit or Los Angeles from 6/05 to 2/07 were surveyed after diagnosis (N=2268, RR. =72.4%). Outcomes were two dichotomous measures reflecting patient appraisal of care coordination during their treatment experience. Primary independent variables were race/ethnicity (white, African American, Latina-high acculturated, Latina-low acculturated) and health literacy (low, moderate, high). Logistic regression was used to evaluate factors associated with both measures of care coordination. Results: 2148 subjects were included in the analytic dataset. 16.4% of women perceived low care coordination and 12.5% reported low satisfaction. Race/ethnicity was not significantly associated with care coordination. Women with low subjective health literacy were 3-4 times as likely as those with high health literacy to perceive low care coordination and low satisfaction with care coordination (OR. =3.88; 95% CI: 2.78-5.41; OR. =3.19 95% CI: 2.25-4.52, respectively). Conclusions: Many breast cancer patients positively appraised their care coordination, but patients with low health literacy perceived low care coordination. Practice implications: Providers should be aware of the health literacy deficits that may contribute to their patients' attitudes towards their breast cancer care coordination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S34-S40
JournalPatient education and counseling
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Breast cancer
  • Coordination of care
  • Health literacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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