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Quality Reports

In 2007 the National Quality Forum (NQF) brought public and private payers together with consumers, researchers and clinicians to find some consensus on performance measures for breast cancer. Six quality measures were agreed upon as a starting point for measuring quality in the care of breast cancer patients. The ultimate goal is to expand these quality measures—eventually including many more—and to incorporate many different kinds of cancers.

We feel strongly that this data should be publicly available, and will be adding other measures in the future. Patients diagnosed with cancer face many difficult questions about where to see treatment. We hope that this information will be helpful in that decision process.

The information below shows the rate of success at reaching one of these goals for Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, as well as State and National data for comparison.

Breast Cancer Treatment

Criteria: Combination chemotherapy is considered or administered within four months (120 days) of diagnosis for women under age 70 with AJCC T1cN0Mo, or Stage II or III hormone receptor negative breast cancer.

2009

2010

2011

All

Sacred Heart Medical Center

100%

94.4%

95.7%

97.1%

Holy Family Hospital

100%

100%

100%

 

Washington State

94.2%

94.1%

95.8%

 

Eastern Washington Region

90%

92.3%

90.4%

 

All US Commission on Cancer programs

90.7%

92.9%

92.1%

 

The data above demonstrates that the patients described above received chemotherapy within the prescribed time more often than patients in the state, region or at Commission on Cancer programs across the United States.

You might ask why all the data points are not at 100%. Some patients refuse treatment even though it is recommended. Some patients are too frail to undergo additional treatment so the recommendation is to not include it. Some patients have other health issues that make further treatment not possible and some actually do get the appropriate treatment but the data was not available.