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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a nationwide survey that represents people of all ages in the United States. It gathers information about how people use health care, and the amount of money they spend on health care. It is conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The MEPS Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement is a special set of questions for people who have cancer. The Experiences with Cancer questionnaire asks cancer survivors about—

  • The financial costs of cancer.
  • Access to health care.
  • The ability to work and to do normal daily activities.
  • Use of health care and money spent on health care.
  • Use of prescription drugs.

CDC is working with the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, LIVESTRONG, and the AHRQ on this supplement. For more information, please visit the National Cancer Institute.

Published Articles

Guy GP Jr., Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR, Dowling EC, Li C, Rodriguez JL, de Moor JS, Virgo KS. Economic burden of cancer survivorship in the United States. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2013;31(30):3749–3757.

Yabroff KR, Short PF, Machlin S, Dowling E, Rozjabek H, Li C, McNeel, Ekwueme DU, Virgo KS. Access to preventive health care for cancer survivors. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013;45(3):304–312.

Dowling EC, Chawla N, Forsythe LP, de Moor J, McNeel T, Rozjabek HM, Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR. Lost productivity and burden of illness in cancer survivors and individuals with and without other chronic conditions. Cancer 2013;119(18):3393–3401.

Yabroff KR, Dowling E, Rodriguez J, Ekweume D, Meissner H, Soni A, Lerro C, Willis G, Forsythe LP, Borowski L, Virgo KS. The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Experiences with Cancer Survivorship supplement. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 2012;6(4):407–419.

Lerro CC, Stein KD, Smith T, Virgo KS. A systematic review of large-scale surveys of cancer survivors conducted in North America, 2000–2011. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 2012;6(2):115–145.

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