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Comparative indicators for cancer network management in England: availability, characteristics and presentation

McCarthy, M; Gonzalez-Izquierdo, A; Sherlaw-Johnson, C; Khachatryan, A; Coleman, MP; Rachet, B; (2008) Comparative indicators for cancer network management in England: availability, characteristics and presentation. BMC Health Services Research , 8 , Article 45. 10.1186/1472-6963-8-45. Green open access

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Abstract

Background: In 2000, the national cancer plan for England created 34 cancer networks, new organisational structures to coordinate services across populations varying between a half and three million people. We investigated the availability of data sets reflecting measures of structure, process and outcome that could be used to support network management.Methods: We investigated the properties of national data sets relating to four common cancers - breast, colorectal, lung and prostate. We reviewed the availability and completeness of these data sets, identified leading items within each set and put them into tables of the 34 cancer networks. We also investigated methods of presentation.Results: Acute Hospitals Portfolio and the National Cancer Peer Review recorded structural characteristics at hospital and cancer service level. Process measures included Hospital Episode Statistics, recording admissions, and Cancer Waiting List data. Patient outcome measures included the National Survey: Cancer Patients, and Cancer Survival, drawn from cancer registration.Conclusion: While not as yet used together in practice, comparative indicators are available within the National Health Service in England for use in performance assessment by cancer networks.

Type: Article
Title: Comparative indicators for cancer network management in England: availability, characteristics and presentation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-8-45
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-8-45
Language: English
Additional information: © 2008 McCarthy et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Performance indicators, care, quality
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics > Clinical Epidemiology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Mathematics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Mathematics > Clinical Operational Research Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/108882
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