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 (+5 others)
2020 International Journal of Gynecological Cancer  
BackgroundOptimizing 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.MethodsQuality 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
more » ... onal experts, an internal validation process, and external review by a large panel of European clinicians and patient representatives.ResultsFifteen 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.DiscussionImplementation 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.
doi:10.1136/ijgc-2019-000878 pmid:31900285 fatcat:zvkfgqszqneh5c6rwlvqee4e4m