How to implement the requirements of a quality assurance system for prostate cancer
In 2003, the German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft, DKG) launched a certification program aimed at improving the quality of cancer care. The purpose of this article is to describe the experience of the Prostate Cancer Unit (PCU) at Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan, in the process towards DKG certification.
In 2018, PCU decided to apply for certification by adopting DKG catalogue of requirements (CoR) and quality indicators. A multiprofessional working group was established with the aim of acting the necessary steps to meet DKG standards.
Our organizational setting (procedures, personnel) and activities were accurately analyzed, thus outlining strengths and weaknesses, and modified to comply with DKG CoR and indicators. As examples, (1) a quality management plan was developed; (2) measures were taken to strengthen the surgical expertise; (3) cases evaluated in weekly tumor boards were expanded to include surgical cases with pathological risk factors, metastatic, relapsed and castration-resistant patients; (4) a survey was added to the patient-dedicated initiatives already scheduled; (5) the TuDoc software became the tool to register all new cases of prostate cancer patients referred to PCU.
The process of certification requires many efforts but represents a unique opportunity of improving quality of care of prostate cancer patients, making it comparable on an international scale.
KeywordsMultidisciplinarity Certification Quality of care Prostate cancer
The authors wish to thank Fondazione Italo Monzino, Milan, for the support to the activities of the Prostate Cancer Program and the Prostate Cancer Unit. A special thank to the Prostate Cancer Unit Core Team, Non Core Team and Project Team who participate in the management of prostate cancer patients: A. Alessi, B. Avuzzi, F. Badenchini, A. Balzarini, L. Bellardita, C. Borreani, A. Candosin, M. Carrara, A. Casale, M. Catanzaro, A. Cavallo, A. Cerrotta, M. Claps, M. Colecchia, L. De Luca, T. Di Florio, S. Donegani, P. Dordoni, C. Fallai, L. Gatto, T. Giandini, R. Lanocita, M. Maccauro, A. Macchi, T. Magnani, C. Marenghi, C. Martini, A. Messina, S. Morlino, N. Nicolai, B. Noris Chiorda, E. Pignoli, G. Procopio, C. Ripamonti, E. Seregni, C. Spreafico, S. Stagni, A. Tesone, T. Torelli, M. Vaiani, R. Valdagni, E. Verzoni, S. Villa, F. Zollo
BNC: Manuscript concept, Manuscript writing. FZ: Data collection, Manuscript concept, Manuscript writing. TM: Coordination, Manuscript concept, Manuscript writing. FB: Data collection, Manuscript review. MC: Manuscript review. LG: Data collection, Manuscript review. AM: Manuscript review. LA: Manuscript review. NN: Manuscript review. SV: Manuscript concept, Manuscript review. RV: Manuscript concept, Manuscript review.
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