Journal article

Concordance between Optimal Care Pathways and colorectal cancer care: Identifying opportunities to improve quality and reduce disparities

Rebecca J Bergin, Robert JS Thomas, Kathryn Whitfield, Victoria White

Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Care pathway policies for cancer aim to reduce variation and improve the quality of patient care, and there is increasing evidence that adherence to such pathways is associated with improved survival and lower health care costs. Australia is implementing Optimal Care Pathways (OCPs) for several cancers, including colorectal cancer, but studies evaluating how well care conforms to OCP recommendations are rare. This study examined concordance between OCP recommendations and colorectal cancer care prior to policy rollout and disparities for vulnerable populations. METHOD: Cross-sectional survey (2012-2014) of cancer registry-identified colorectal cancer patients..

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