Quality Measures for Colorectal Cancer
Project Reference Number – 0054
Principal Invesitagor – Dr Amy Downing
Funder - Cancer Research UK – C23434/A23706 and Yorkshire Cancer Research – L394
The UK Colorectal Cancer Intelligence Hub has developed a set of measures to assess the type and quality of care a patient receives during their diagnosis and treatment for colorectal cancer. The measures can be updated on a yearly basis and applied to all colorectal cancer Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDT) in England which enables each MDT to be compared. These measures are currently focused on surgery and include:
· the length of a patient’s stay in hospital,
· the number of patients who still have a stoma at 18-months after surgery,
· the number of patients who have their operation laparoscopically compared to those who have open surgery,
· the number of abdominal perineal excisions carried out by that MDT
· the type of major operation patients had,
· death within 30-days of surgery
These measures have been identified as they are known to have an impact on a patient’s quality of life as well as on overall survival rates. They are used to highlight any differences in the way patients with colorectal cancer are cared for in each MDT across England.
The UK Colorectal Cancer Intelligence Hub produces data briefings on each of these measures every year which are available on its website. The Yorkshire Cancer Research Bowel Cancer Improvement Programme uses these measure to understand the differences in patient care in the Yorkshire region and to identify areas that should be the focus of future work on to improve patient outcomes in the region.