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BU Study Finds Social Barriers Impact Cancer Follow-Up Care

Women who face social barriers to health care, such as problems with housing and income, experience delays in cancer screening follow-up, compared to those with fewer or no social barriers, according to a new study by researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health, Boston University School of Medicine, and Tufts Medical Center. The study looked at 1,493 subjects enrolled in the Boston Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP), a study performed at Boston Medical Center (BMC) from 2007-2010 that used patient navigators to help women with breast and cervical cancer screening abnormalities. The researchers used the data to separate the women into groups based on how many social barriers the navigator was able to identify. They then examined the data to see how long it took for each patient to reach a final diagnosis from the time of the initial abnormal screening test.