2011 CSQI Report Finds Continued Progress but More Remains to be Done
TORONTO, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Targeted investments have helped Ontario
improve colorectal cancer survival rates and the province's cancer
system overall, according to the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario's
2011 Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) released today.
"If you live in Ontario and get cancer you have one of the best chances
of survival anywhere in the world," said Dr. Robert Bell, Chair of the
Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and President and CEO, University
Health Network. "Ontario has very good performance in survival and
mortality compared with other local and international jurisdictions."
The CSQI is the most comprehensive report of its kind in the world in
terms of its jurisdictional comparisons and international benchmarks.
This year's CSQI report found that the increase in the colorectal
cancer survival rate is due to improvements in screening and
advancements in treatment.
It also identified the need for a fuller integration of cancer services
to address challenges related to patient hand-offs across provider and
specialist groups, coordination between the cancer system and primary
care, and coordination within the cancer system itself.
The 2011 CSQI found sustained progress: 26 of the measured cancer
quality indicators either improved (15) in 2010 or remained the same
(11). None declined. The index measures a total of 36 indicators - 10
of which are new and are not rated, either because there is no
comparative rating from 2009 or because a quality rating is not
applicable to the particular indicator.
"Despite our continuing progress, too many still die of cancer," said
Dr. Bell. "We must do more to prevent cancer, to detect it early, to
reduce the cancer burden on patients and their families, and to stem
the loss of life."
The report also focused on the need to address physical and emotional
symptoms during the cancer journey as a way to increase a patient's
ability to fully benefit from the treatments available.
"Continuing efforts to improve the patient's cancer journey is
fundamental to the 2011 CSQI," said Virginia McLaughlin, a cancer
caregiver and member of the board of the Quality Council. "The quality
of care includes the quality of caring and highlights the importance of
the patient experience in driving improved cancer services and
The CSQI found that while cancer patients treated in ambulatory care
settings are continuing to report a reasonably high degree of
satisfaction with most aspects of care, emotional support continues to
receive substantially lower scores, with just over half (53%) of
patients rating it as satisfactory.
"We have made great strides improving cancer prevention, screening,
detection and treatment in Ontario," said Michael Sherar, PhD,
President and CEO, Cancer Care Ontario. "The annual Cancer System
Quality Index helps us assess our performance, measure our successes
and identify opportunities. Improving the patient experience is one of
these opportunities we've identified as a goal in the 2011- 2015
Ontario Cancer Plan and we are acting on it now. This focus on the
patient experience will meet their psychological and emotional needs
and result in a better cancer system."
Since its inception in 2005, the CSQI has grown in depth and breadth and
now covers 36 evidence-based quality measures covering every aspect of
cancer control, from cancer prevention to end-of-life care. The Index
tracks the province's progress against cancer and identifies needed
quality and performance improvements.
CQCO website: www.cqco.ca
CSQI Key Findings
About the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario
The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario is an advisory group established
in 2002 to guide Cancer Care Ontario and the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care in their efforts to improve the quality of cancer care
in the province. The Council monitors and publicly reports on the
performance of the cancer system.
SOURCE Cancer Care Ontario
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