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In Germany, children with cancer have a high probability of survival
Date:11/24/2009

This release is available in German.

Internationally viewed, medical care in Germany for children with cancer is very good as far as survival is concerned. However, other aspects, such as quality of life, pain, and long-term consequences of the disease are still insufficiently investigated in studies. This is the conclusion of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) in its final report published on 16 October 2009.

Establish mandatory quality standards

Every year in Germany approximately 1800 children under 15 years of age are diagnosed with cancer. In order to provide them with the best possible care, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) drew up a quality assurance agreement in 2007 (Quality Assurance Agreement on Paediatric Oncology). Its aim is to ensure that hospitals in Germany follow mandatory standards in providing care to children and adolescents with cancer.

In order to ensure quality of care in the long term, the G-BA also commissioned IQWiG to present a scientific evaluation of both the current status of the existing infrastructure und the quality of care prior to the agreement. The Committee wishes to establish whether and how the already existing quality requirements need to be adapted.

Analysis of medical care difficult

The aim of the medical care analysis commissioned by the G-BA is not only to describe the current status of quality of care, but also to undertake an international comparison and identify any potential areas for improvement. As medical care in the field of oncology is very complex, CPGs, narrative overviews, and official statistics were also included alongside a total of 106 therapy-optimizing, cohort and cross-sectional studies. This distinguishes this analysis from the Institute's benefit assessments of medical procedures.

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Contact: Dr. Anna-Sabine Ernst
info@iqwig.de
49-022-135-6850
Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
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