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Audit Report to be aligned with clinical trials

11 Dec 2013


Prof John Reynolds

By Gary Culliton.

 

The cancer treatment programme at St James’s Hospital has achieved stage-for-stage cure rates across the cancer spectrum that benchmark favourably with outcomes from the best international standards, according to its 10-Year Cancer Audit Report, which was officially launched last week by the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. The report will be used to inform fund-holders on cost estimates required to underpin quality cancer care.

 

Prof John Reynolds, Head of Surgery, St James’s Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, said the “ultimate objective” in terms of the delivery of cancer care is that those in receipt of services experience outcomes on a par with best international standards.

“All cancer patients want to know if they can be cured and five-year survival rates, a proxy for cure, is easily the most important outcome metric in evaluating cancer services. These audit data enable us to provide actual rather than inferred outcome data to our patients — they will know stage-for-stage what the actual cure rate is in this Centre,” he said.

“In the future, ongoing audit of all cancer activity at this Centre will underpin continuous quality improvement in cancer clinical care aligned to clinical trials, and state-of-the-art translational cancer research.”

Dr Reilly said: “Clinical audit provides high-quality comprehensive data, which is essential for improving patient care and safety.” Brian Fitzgerald, St James’s CEO, said St James’s Hospital has been at the forefront of developing multidisciplinary care for cancer patients in this country for many years.  “This publication is an essential element in driving quality improvement in cancer. The results of this audit will inform cancer care at St James’s Hospital and our known outcomes and what it takes to achieve the best results internationally will remain a core objective and will inform strategy.”

 

gary.culliton@imt.ie

Date: 
11 December 2013

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