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Gynaecological Cancer Care

This programme is a collaboration between the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Background

Recent reports have shown that there are significant variations in outcomes of gynaecological cancer care across regions in the UK. There is also evidence of inequalities in care, with poorer outcomes for women living in deprived communities. In International comparisons, survival rates for ovarian cancer were found to be lower in the UK than Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.

Aims of the programme

The aim of this project is to develop clinically relevant, methodologically rigorous, and technically robust performance indicators to assess current practice of gynaecological cancer care in England. We are examining the potential of using existing cancer registry data linked to administrative hospital records as a data source for the evaluation of cancer services at different levels of care. This information will be used to inform quality improvement initiatives and enable comparative benchmarking of gynaecological cancer services across England.

Methodology

The programme includes the following activities:

  • Systematic literature review
  • Clinical indicators selection using explicit criteria
  • Analysis of linked Cancer Registry and Hospital Episodes Statistics data
  • Clinical indicators development

The first report outlining the variation in care delivered to women with gynaecological cancer will be published in Summer 2017.

Outputs

  • Gurol-Urganci I, Founta C, Naik R, van der Meulen J (2015) Quality indicators for the management of patients with gynaecological cancer: a systematic review. BGCS Annual Scientific Meeting, Newcastle, UK.

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Contact us

For more information about the Clinical Indicators Projects, please email audit@rcog.co.uk or call +44 20 7772 6498.

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