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Quality of care in breast cancer centers: results of benchmarking by the German Cancer Society and German Society for Breast Diseases.
Breast. 2015 Apr; 24(2):118-23.B

Abstract

A total of 218 breast cancer centers, with 274 operating sites, have been certified since 2003 in accordance with the criteria set out by the German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft) and the German Society for Breast Diseases (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Senologie). Most of these centers are located in Germany, but centers in Austria, Switzerland, and Italy have also been certified. This paper presents the results for quality indicators (QIs) from 2009 to 2012, based on data from 195,342 primary breast cancer patients, in order to illustrate the development and progress of these centers. Descriptive results on interdisciplinary collaboration (6 QIs), guideline adherence (15 QIs), and specialist expertise (7 QIs) are reported over time. Fulfillment of the certification requirements was high and remained relatively stable over time, with the extent of variation between sites declining. Sites that do not reach the target values are asked to comment on the discrepancies, and their comments, as well as the QI results, are used by centers and auditors during an on-site auditing process and to constantly revise the QIs set out by the guideline and the certification commission.

Authors+Show Affiliations

German Cancer Society, Kuno-Fischer-Strasse 8, 14057 Berlin, Germany. Electronic address: kowalski@krebsgesellschaft.de.OnkoZert, Certification Institute of the German Cancer Society, Gartenstrasse 24, 89231 Neu-Ulm, Germany. Electronic address: j.ferencz@onkozert.de.University Hospital Tübingen, Calwerstrasse 7, 72076 Tübingen, Germany. Electronic address: Sara.Brucker@med.uni-tuebingen.de.University Hospital Ulm, Prittwitzstrasse 43, 89075 Ulm, Germany. Electronic address: r.kreienberg@t-online.de.German Cancer Society, Kuno-Fischer-Strasse 8, 14057 Berlin, Germany. Electronic address: wesselmann@krebsgesellschaft.de.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25515645

Citation

Kowalski, Christoph, et al. "Quality of Care in Breast Cancer Centers: Results of Benchmarking By the German Cancer Society and German Society for Breast Diseases." Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland), vol. 24, no. 2, 2015, pp. 118-23.
Kowalski C, Ferencz J, Brucker SY, et al. Quality of care in breast cancer centers: results of benchmarking by the German Cancer Society and German Society for Breast Diseases. Breast. 2015;24(2):118-23.
Kowalski, C., Ferencz, J., Brucker, S. Y., Kreienberg, R., & Wesselmann, S. (2015). Quality of care in breast cancer centers: results of benchmarking by the German Cancer Society and German Society for Breast Diseases. Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland), 24(2), 118-23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.breast.2014.11.014
Kowalski C, et al. Quality of Care in Breast Cancer Centers: Results of Benchmarking By the German Cancer Society and German Society for Breast Diseases. Breast. 2015;24(2):118-23. PubMed PMID: 25515645.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Quality of care in breast cancer centers: results of benchmarking by the German Cancer Society and German Society for Breast Diseases. AU - Kowalski,Christoph, AU - Ferencz,Julia, AU - Brucker,Sara Y, AU - Kreienberg,Rolf, AU - Wesselmann,Simone, Y1 - 2014/12/13/ PY - 2014/07/22/received PY - 2014/10/27/revised PY - 2014/11/22/accepted PY - 2014/12/18/entrez PY - 2014/12/18/pubmed PY - 2015/12/17/medline KW - Benchmarking KW - Breast cancer center KW - Care quality KW - Certification KW - German Cancer Society SP - 118 EP - 23 JF - Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland) JO - Breast VL - 24 IS - 2 N2 - A total of 218 breast cancer centers, with 274 operating sites, have been certified since 2003 in accordance with the criteria set out by the German Cancer Society (Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft) and the German Society for Breast Diseases (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Senologie). Most of these centers are located in Germany, but centers in Austria, Switzerland, and Italy have also been certified. This paper presents the results for quality indicators (QIs) from 2009 to 2012, based on data from 195,342 primary breast cancer patients, in order to illustrate the development and progress of these centers. Descriptive results on interdisciplinary collaboration (6 QIs), guideline adherence (15 QIs), and specialist expertise (7 QIs) are reported over time. Fulfillment of the certification requirements was high and remained relatively stable over time, with the extent of variation between sites declining. Sites that do not reach the target values are asked to comment on the discrepancies, and their comments, as well as the QI results, are used by centers and auditors during an on-site auditing process and to constantly revise the QIs set out by the guideline and the certification commission. SN - 1532-3080 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25515645/Quality_of_care_in_breast_cancer_centers:_results_of_benchmarking_by_the_German_Cancer_Society_and_German_Society_for_Breast_Diseases_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0960-9776(14)00219-7 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -