Quality of Cancer Care
The purpose of these efforts, substantially supported by the Applied Research Program, is to enhance the state of the science on the quality of cancer care and inform federal and private-sector decision making on care delivery, coverage, regulation, and standard setting. Work is underway to make cancer a working model for quality of care research and the translation of this research into practice. This requires addressing how data collection about cancer care can be standardized and made most useful to a variety of audiences, including providers, patients, survivors, their families, purchasers, payers, researchers, and policymakers.
- an interagency working committee (the Quality of Cancer Care Committee) that has launched collaborative projects directly involving NCI and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA);
- a major public-private partnership, the National Quality Forum, to identify core measures of cancer care quality;
- research on outcomes measurement by the Cancer Outcomes Measurement Working Group (COMWG) and the Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium (CanCORS), which is supporting the development and use of clinical and patient-centered outcomes measures for lung and colorectal cancer;
- research on improving the quality of cancer communications, including the Patient-centered Care and Communication initiative. The Health Communications and Informatics Research Branch within the Behavioral Research Program provides additional information on this research.
- research to monitor patterns of treatment dissemination and quality of care through Patterns of Care/Quality of Care Studies and studies utilizing the SEER-Medicare Database; and
- a Multidisciplinary Treatment Planning (MTP) Questionnaire, which will provide insights into the variety of ways in which multidisciplinary treatment planning is structured and implemented for different types of cancers within care delivery organizations. Multidisciplinary care is increasingly being adopted within oncology care settings with the intent of enhancing the quality of care delivered to patients. However, its impact on improving patient outcomes and the quality of care being delivered. The MTP questionnaire will help to address those knowledge gaps.
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013