The Regina Elena National Cancer Institute process of accreditation according to the standards of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes

Stefano Canitano, Annunziata Di Turi, Giuseppina Caolo, Adriana C. Pignatelli, Elena Papa, Marta Branca, Marina Cerimele, Ruggero De Maria

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Abstract

The accreditation process is, on the one hand, a tool used to homogenize procedures, rendering comparable and standardized processes of care, and on the other, a methodology employed to develop a culture of quality improvement. Although not yet proven by evidence-based studies that health outcomes improve as a result of an accreditation to excellence, it is undeniable that better control of healthcare processes results in better quality and safety of diagnostic and therapeutic pathways. The Regina Elena National Cancer Institute underwent the accreditation process in accordance with the standards criteria set by the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI), and it has recently completed the process, acquiring its designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). This was an invaluable opportunity for the Regina Elena Institute to create a more cohesive environment, to widely establish a culture of quality, to implement an institutional information system, and to accelerate the process of patient involvement in strategic decisions. The steps of the process allowed us to evaluate the performance and the organization of the institute and put amendments in place designed to be adopted through 26 improvement actions. These actions regarded several aspects of the institute, including quality culture, information communication technology system, care, clinical trials unit, disease management team, nursing, and patient empowerment and involvement. Each area has a timeline. We chose to present the following 3 improvement actions: clinical trial center, computerized ambulatory medical record, and centrality of patient and humanization of clinical pathway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S51-S54
JournalTumori
Volume101
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015

Keywords

  • Accreditation
  • Improvement
  • Regina Elena experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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