Using the NCDB for cancer care improvement: An introduction to available quality assessment tools

Authors

  • Mehul V. Raval MD,

    1. Cancer Programs, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois
    2. Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
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  • Karl Y. Bilimoria MD, MS,

    1. Cancer Programs, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois
    2. Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
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  • Andrew K. Stewart MA,

    1. Cancer Programs, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois
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  • David J. Bentrem MD,

    1. Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
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  • Clifford Y. Ko MD, MS, MSHS

    Corresponding author
    1. Cancer Programs, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois
    2. Department of Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, California
    3. VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California
    • Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, 636 N. St. Clair Street, 22nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60611. Fax: 312-202-5062.
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  • The authors have no financial interests, declaration, or disclosures.

Abstract

Improving the quality of cancer care requires high-quality data, mechanisms to feed back information to hospitals, systems to act on the data, and participation of providers. The purpose of this review is to describe how the National Cancer Database (NCDB) can be utilized to improve the quality of cancer care in the United States through a variety of benchmarking reports and data feedback mechanisms available to hospitals approved by the Commission on Cancer (CoC). J. Surg. Oncol. 2009;99:488–490. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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