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EUSOMA quality indicators for non-metastatic breast cancer: An update.

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Authors

Rubio, Isabel T 
Marotti, Lorenza 
Biganzoli, Laura 
Aristei, Cynthia 
Athanasiou, Alexandra 

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Quality care in breast cancer is higher if patients are treated in a Breast Center with a dedicated and specialized multidisciplinary team. Quality control is an essential activity to ensure quality care, which has to be based on the monitoring of specific quality indicators. Eusoma has proceeded with the up-dating of the 2017 Quality indicators for non-metastatic breast cancer based on the new diagnostic, locoregional and systemic treatment modalities. METHODS: To proceed with the updating, EUSOMA setup a multidisciplinary working group of BC experts and patients' representatives. It is a comprehensive set of QIs for early breast cancer care, which are classified as mandatory, recommended, or observational. For the first time patient reported outcomes (PROMs) have been included. As used in the 2017 EUSOMA QIs, evidence levels were based on the short version of the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. RESULTS: This is a set of quality indicators representative for the different steps of the patient pathway in non-metastatic setting, which allow Breast Centres to monitor their performance with referring standards, i.e minimum standard and target. CONCLUSIONS: Monitoring these Quality Indicators, within the Eusoma datacentre will allow to have a state of the art picture at European Breast Centres level and the development of challenging research projects.

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Keywords

Breast cancer care, Quality control, Quality indicators, Humans, Female, Quality Indicators, Health Care, Breast Neoplasms, Quality of Health Care

Journal Title

Eur J Cancer

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Journal ISSN

0959-8049
1879-0852

Volume Title

198

Publisher

Elsevier BV