We thank Jennifer Hayden from Louisiana State University's Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Public Health, Sections of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; and Pama Joyner from the Office of Community Wellness and Prevention in the Division of Community and Family Health, Washington Department of Health, for their contributions to this article.
Using data to effectively manage a national screening program
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2014
© 2014 American Cancer Society
Supplement: National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Two Decades of Service to Underserved Women
Volume 120, Issue S16, pages 2575–2583, August 15, 2014
How to Cite
Yancy, B., Royalty, J. E., Marroulis, S., Mattingly, C., Benard, V. B. and DeGroff, A. (2014), Using data to effectively manage a national screening program. Cancer, 120: 2575–2583. doi: 10.1002/cncr.28821
The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not suggest endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2014
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 14 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 30 JAN 2014
- data management;
- public health;
- quality measures;
- program evaluation
The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is implemented through cooperative agreements with state health departments, US territories, and tribal health organizations (grantees). Grantees typically contract with clinicians and other providers to deliver breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. As required by the CDC, grantees report biannually a subset of patient and clinical level program data known as the Minimum Data Elements. Rigorous processes are in place to ensure the completeness and quality of program data collection. In this article, the authors describe the NBCCEDP data-collection processes and data management system and discusses how data are used for 1) program monitoring and improvement, 2) evaluation and research, and 3) policy development and analysis. They also provide 2 examples of how grantees use data to improve their performance. Cancer 2014;120(16 suppl):2575-83. © 2014 American Cancer Society.