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The crucial role of clinician engagement in system-wide quality improvement: the Cancer Care Ontario experience.

Autor(es): Sawka, Carol; Ross, Jillian; Srigley, John; Irish, Jonathan
Fonte: Healthc Q;15 Spec No: 38-41, 2012.
Artigo [ PMID: 24863115 ] Idioma(s): Inglês
Publicação: Artigo de Revista
In 2004, Cancer Care Ontario's (CCO) role changed from providing direct cancer service to oversight, with a mission to improve the performance of the cancer system by driving quality, accountability and innovation in all cancer-related services. Since then, CCO has built a model for province-wide quality improvement and oversight--the Performance Improvement Cycle--that exemplifies the key elements of the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010. While ensuring that quality of the cancer system is by necessity a continuous process, the approach taken thus far has achieved measurable results and will continue to form the basis of CCO's future work. Clinician engagement has been critical to the success of CCO's approach to quality oversight and improvement. CCO uses a variety of formal and informal clinical engagement structures at each step of the Performance Improvement Cycle, and has developed operational processes to support quality improvement, and educational and mentorship programs to build clinician leadership capacity in that area. An example of sustained quality improvement in system performance is illustrated in a case study of the surgical treatment of prostate cancer. The improvement was achieved with strong collaboration across CCO's surgery and pathology clinical programs, with support from informatics staff.