Overall findings show that Ontario Cancer Patients Continue to Receive
TORONTO, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontarians receive some of the best cancer
care in the world, but more can be done to improve the integration of
services within the cancer system, and the broader health system, to
ensure a more seamless journey for patients, survivors and their
The findings of the ninth annual Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI),
released today by the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO),
highlight a cancer system that is performing well overall but with room
for advances in the integration of care and in the equity of access to
"In Ontario, we set very high standards for cancer care, and in most
areas, I am proud to say we are meeting those standards. The CSQI
report is important because it identifies areas where we need to do
more work," said Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"The individual pieces of the cancer system and the overall health
system in Ontario are very strong, but they can be better integrated to
improve the patient and family experience," said Dr. Robert Bell, Chair
of the CQCO and President and CEO, University Health Network. "Whether
it is at the screening, diagnosis, treatment, recovery or end of life
stage of the patient journey, we need to do more to ensure patient
transitions from one stage to another are more seamless and effective,
regardless of location or provider."
Results from this year's 2013 CSQI show that the Ontario cancer system
continues to be successful in ensuring Ontarians are receiving
treatment based on the best available evidence. A notable example
includes the effective use of team-oriented care through
Multidisciplinary Cancer Conferences, where healthcare providers from
different disciplines and backgrounds discuss and make recommendations
on the best way to handle the care of individual cancer patients.
At the same time, Ontario's cancer system is very successful at ensuring
that patients are accessing the services they need despite the
increases in demand. However, improvement needs to be made in different
areas of the system to reduce the overall time from diagnosis of cancer
to each treatment needed. Additionally, use of acute care hospital
services at the end of life remains high. More work needs to be done
to ensure that patients and their caregivers have the right resources
at the right time.
"At Cancer Care Ontario we are committed to making a difference in the
lives of Ontarians," said Michael Sherar, President and CEO, Cancer
Care Ontario. "We will apply the findings of the 2013 CSQI to improve
integration of care and seek ways to provide the highest quality of
care to patients, while getting greater value from every health dollar
we spend to help ensure a sustainable health system for all Ontarians."
The 2013 CSQI measures a total of 32 indicators. Visit www.csqi.on.ca to review all the indicators and this year's interactive report.
About the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario
The Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) is an advisory group
established in 2002 by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
(MOHLTC) and is quasi-independent to Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), set up
to provide advice to CCO and the MOHLTC in their efforts to improve the
quality of cancer care in the province. The CQCO is composed of
healthcare providers, cancer survivors, family members and experts in
the areas of oncology, health system policy, performance measurement,
health services research and health care governance. The CQCO has a
mandate to monitor and report publicly on the performance of the
Ontario cancer system and to motivate improvement through national and
international benchmarking. For more information on the CQCO, visit www.cqco.ca.
SOURCE: Cancer Quality Council of Ontario
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