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Qual Life Res. 2012 Feb;21(1):133-41. doi: 10.1007/s11136-011-9929-0. Epub 2011 May 18.

Neighborhood foreclosures and self-rated health among breast cancer survivors.

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Division of Health Behavior Research, Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, Box 8504, 4444 Forest Park Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63108, USA. mschootm@dom.wustl.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

We determined the association of neighborhood foreclosure risk on the health status of a statewide sample of breast cancer survivors (n = 1047) and the extent to which covariates accounted for observed associations.

METHODS:

Measures of self-rated health and several covariates were obtained by telephone interview 1 year after diagnosis. We used the federal Housing and Urban Development agency's estimated census-tract foreclosure-abandonment-risk score and multilevel, logistic regression to determine the association of foreclosure risk (high, moderate versus low) with self-rated health (fair-poor versus good, very good, excellent) and whether covariates could explain the observed association.

RESULTS:

Women who resided in high-foreclosure-risk (HFR) areas were 2.39 times (95% CI: 1.83-3.13) more likely to report being in fair-poor health than women who lived in low-foreclosure-risk areas. The odds ratio (OR) was reduced for women who lived in high-foreclosure-risk versus low-foreclosure-risk areas after adjusting for income (HFR OR: 1.78; 95% CI: 1.01-3.15), physical activity (HFR OR: 1.74; 95% CI: 0.98-3.08), and perceived neighborhood conditions (HFR OR: 1.76; 95% CI: 1.02-3.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Breast cancer survivors who lived in census tracts with high- versus low-foreclosure risk reported poorer health status. This association was explained by differences in household income, physical activity, and perceived neighborhood conditions.

PMID:
21590510
PMCID:
PMC3183409
DOI:
10.1007/s11136-011-9929-0
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