INEQUITY IN ACCESS TO COLORECTAL CANCER SERVICES ALONG THE CONTINUUM OF CARE IN NOVA SCOTIA
Maddison, Andre R.
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Introduction: Despite the public and policy attention on ensuring access to health care for all Canadians, research continues to identify inequities in access to cancer care services. The objectives of this thesis are to define inequity in access to colorectal cancer (CRC), as well as to measure inequity in access to radiotherapy and end-of-life care. Methods: This study examined income-, geography-, sex-, and age-related inequity in access to CRC services along the continuum of care, using the Horizontal Inequity Index. Specifically, we measured and compared inequity in access CRC services in Nova Scotia using linked administrative databases. Results: We have identified that age- and geography-related inequity in access to radiotherapy and end-of-life care are the most consistent for CRC patients in Nova Scotia. Discussion: The clear distinction between inequity and inequality in this study provides indication to policy makers that the variations in access, may be of social concern.