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Analysis of ASCO's QOPI® data finds significant improvement in performance on metrics for quality oncology care
Date:3/11/2013

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Summary of a study being published online March 11, 2013, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, analyzing self-reported data from 156 outpatient oncology practices participating in the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) showing significant improvements in performance on certain measures for quality oncology cancer care over a four-year period.

Overall, mean normalized performance scores from participating practices rose from 71 to 85 percent between 2006 and 2010; improvements were especially profound on measures related to adoption of new clinical practice standards. Quote for attribution to Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, ASCO President.

An analysis of self-reported data from outpatient oncology practices that participated in the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) found a significant increase in performance on quality measures for oncology care over a four-year period, especially in adopting new clinical practices. The study was published on March 11, in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

QOPI is a voluntary, national quality self-assessment and improvement program that allows outpatient oncology practices to compare the care they provide against guideline recommendations. Participation in QOPI has been growing steadily since the program's inception in 2006; more than 800 practices have registered to date.

Researchers analyzed data from 156 oncology practices, finding that the mean normalized performance score improved from 71 to 85 percent between 2006 and 2010. A further review of the data found the following trends:

  • Practices perform well on numerous quality measures: For example, participating practices reported consistently high rates (90 percent or higher) of providing postoperative (adjuvant) chemotherapy for breast, colorectal and non-small cell lung cancers,
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Contact: Aaron Tallent
Aaron.Tallent@asco.org
571-483-1371
American Society of Clinical Oncology
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