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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, conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Through five rounds of in-person interviews over a two-year period, it gathers information about how people use health care and the amount of money they spend on health care. The MEPS is given to selected people who participated in the National Health Interview Survey the year before.

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.

Data from the supplement are available to the public as part of the MEPS HC-147: 2011 Full Year Consolidated Data File.

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.

Published Articles

Ekwueme DU, Yabroff KR, Guy Jr GP, Banegas MP, de Moor JS, Li C, Han X, Zheng Z, Soni A, Davidoff A, Rechis R, Virgo KS. Medical costs and productivity losses of cancer survivors—United States, 2008–2011. MMWR 2014;63(23):505–510.

Guy GP Jr., Yabroff KR, Ekwueme DU, Wilder Smith A, Dowling E, Rechis R, Nutt S, Richardson L. Estimating the health and economic burden of cancer among those diagnosed as adolescents and young adults. Health Affairs 2014;33(6):1024–1031.

Yabroff KR, Guy GP Jr., Ekwueme DU, McNeel T, Rozjabek HM, Dowling E, Li C, Virgo KS. Annual patient time costs associated with medical care among cancer survivors in the United States. Medical Care In press.

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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