The Role of Quality Metrics in Improving Oncologic Survival
Clinical quality metrics have become ubiquitous in modern health care. The primary goal is to improve patient care delivery and overall outcomes, but they have also been tied to reimbursement and general quality improvement efforts. Numerous organizations have developed and/or promoted the use of quality metrics, including many for oncology. Ultimately, the hope is that increased use of well-conceived quality metrics will lead to improved survival. This chapter outlines the approach taken by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), and highlights recent data on the relationship between quality measures and improvements in survival.
KeywordsQuality measures Process measures Quality outcomes Oncologic survival Commission on cancer
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