Monday, 3 March 2014

Clinical Quality Registries have potential to improve cancer outcomes

Prof John McNeil, Dr Rob Stirling and Dr Sue Evans are among a group of SPHPM researchers who have long advocated for the role of clinical quality registries in improving clinical outcomes.

In a recent Letter to the Editor published in The Journal of Thoracic Oncology 2014: 8(3); e28, the authors refer to a recent report on the Danish Lung Cancer Registry (Jacobsen et al., “Nationwide quality improvement in lung cancer care: the role of the Danish lung cancer group and registry”, Journal or Thoracic Oncology,8(10):1238-47) in which the establishment of a high quality integrated data system involving stakeholders, clinicians and institutions has shown statistical and clinical improvements in 1-, 2- and 5- year survival in lung cancer, as well as reduced waiting times, improved staging and a reduction in regional variations, all within the space of just a decade.

The SPHPM's Clinical Registries Unit currently houses numerous clinical quality registries, including the Australian Cardiac Procedures Registry, the Breast Device Registry, the Prostate Cancer Registry and the Victorian Lung Cancer Registry, as well as collaborating on the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Registry and the Colorectal Cancer Registry (with Cabrini Health).

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