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Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) 2014

Safe null Fair. Some processes for a safe cancer system are in place. We have seen an increase in the number measures of safety for all aspects of cancer care that indicates there is room for some improvement in the cancer system.
Effective null Very good. Cancer services are generally effective and evidence based. The evidence shows that more cancer patients are receiving care based on the best available evidence. Guidelines selected for CSQI are ones for system focus and require effort to ensure achievement of targets and consistency across regions.
Accessible null Good. More Ontarians are accessing the services they need but efforts need to continue, including expanding wait time measures for other services, including testing and supportive care.  
Responsive null Fair. The Ontario cancer system needs to focus more on the quality of life of patients during and after active treatment. Further, there needs to be increased focus on the whole person.
Equitable null Fair. Cancer burden is still higher amongst those with lower socioeconomic status and there is variation in the use of guidelines between of different age groups. More work needs to be done using a whole-of-society approach to ensure equity.
Integrated null Fair. We need to ensure services across the system are coordinated to support seamless and effective patient transitions regardless of location or provider.
Efficient null Fair. More system level measures of cost effectiveness and value for money for all services, while maintaining high-quality care for all Ontarians, are needed.  
* These symbols provide an overall assessment of cancer system performance for each dimension of quality. They include at an aggregate level, an assessment of performance over time, performance against annual programmatic targets, jurisdictional comparisons and/or clinical aims for those measures available in the index. Breadth and depth of indicators across the patient continuum and type of indicator are taken into account in the assessment.

In my words

A Circle of Care needs to be developed so that all community partners who will participate with these patients connect and communicate for a seamless delivery of service. 

Sandra K.
Patient and Family Advisory Council member
CSQI 2014 Launch: Public and Patient Safety in the Cancer System View the webcast video of our
June, 24 2014 launch
The first of its kind in North America, the CSQI:
  • Tracks Ontario‚Äôs progress against cancer
  • Shows where quality and performance improvements are needed
  • Reports on 33 evidence-based quality measures covering every aspect of cancer control, from cancer prevention to survivorship and end-of-life care