European Society of Gynaecological Oncology quality indicators for surgical treatment of cervical cancer.

David Cibula, François Planchamp, Daniela Fischerova, Christina Fotopoulou, Christhardt Kohler, Fabio Landoni, Patrice Mathevet, Raj Naik, Jordi Ponce, Francesco Raspagliesi, Alexandros Rodolakis, Karl Tamussino, Cagatay Taskiran, Ignace Vergote, Pauline Wimberger, Ane Gerda Zahl Eriksson, Denis Querleu

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Optimizing and ensuring the quality of surgical care is essential to improve the management and outcome of patients with cervical cancer.To develop a list of quality indicators for surgical treatment of cervical cancer that can be used to audit and improve clinical practice. METHODS: Quality indicators were developed using a four-step evaluation process that included a systematic literature search to identify potential quality indicators, in-person meetings of an ad hoc group of international experts, an internal validation process, and external review by a large panel of European clinicians and patient representatives. RESULTS: Fifteen structural, process, and outcome indicators were selected. Using a structured format, each quality indicator has a description specifying what the indicator is measuring. Measurability specifications are also detailed to define how the indicator will be measured in practice. Each indicator has a target which gives practitioners and health administrators a quantitative basis for improving care and organizational processes. DISCUSSION: Implementation of institutional quality assurance programs can improve quality of care, even in high-volume centers. This set of quality indicators from the European Society of Gynaecological Cancer may be a major instrument to improve the quality of surgical treatment of cervical cancer.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020

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