Measuring the quality of cancer care in the Barwon South Western region, Victoria, Australia

Matheson, LM, Pitson, G, Yap, CH, Singh, M, Collins, Ian, Campbell, P, Patrick, A and Rogers, MJ 2021, Measuring the quality of cancer care in the Barwon South Western region, Victoria, Australia, International journal for quality in health care, vol. 33, no. 1, doi: 10.1093/intqhc/mzaa145.

Title Measuring the quality of cancer care in the Barwon South Western region, Victoria, Australia
Author(s) Matheson, LM
Pitson, G
Yap, CH
Singh, M
Collins, IanORCID iD for Collins, Ian
Campbell, P
Patrick, A
Rogers, MJ
Journal name International journal for quality in health care
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1353-4505
Keyword(s) cancer
clinical quality indicators
health Service
patient care
treatment pathways
Summary Objective The implementation of clinical quality indicators for monitoring cancer care in regional, rural and remote areas. Design Retrospective data from a population-based Clinical Quality Registry for lung, colorectal, and breast cancer. Setting All major Health Services in the Barwon South Western Region, Victoria, Australia. Participants All patients diagnosed with cancer presenting to a Health Service Intervention(s) Main Outcome Measures(s) Clinical Quality Indicators for Lung, Colorectal and Breast Cancer Results Clinical indicators included the following: discussion at multidisciplinary meetings, timeliness of care provided, type of care for different stages of the disease and survival outcomes. Many of the derived clinical indicator targets were reached. However, variation led to improvement in tumour stage being recorded in the medical record; improved awareness of the need for adjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal cancer; a reduction in time to treatment for lung cancer; reduced time to surgery for breast cancer; and highlighted the 30 day mortality post treatment for all of the tumour streams. Conclusions Clinical quality indicators allow for valuable insights into patterns of care, driving improvement in the quality of cancer care. These indicators are easily reproduced and may be of use to other cancer centres and health services.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/intqhc/mzaa145
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Field of Research 11 Medical and Health Sciences
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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