We sought to assess the feasibility of applying Cancer Care Ontario's quality of care indicators to a single institution's colorectal cancer (CRC) database. We also sought to assess their utility in identifying areas that require improvement.
We included patients who had surgery for CRC between 1997 and 2006 at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ont. We excluded patients who had transanal excisions, carcinoma in situ or recurrences that required pelvic exenteration, as well as those whose information was incomplete. We obtained data from a prospective database and verified the data with hospital and office charts. We evaluated trends over a 10-year period using the Cochran-Armitage trend test.
During the study period there were 1005 surgical procedures performed in 987 patients with a mean age of 65.6 (standard deviation 15) years; the male:female ratio was 1:2. The most frequent tumour sites were the rectum and sigmoid colon (68%). Over the 10-year period, 9 indicators improved, including the proportion of patients with CRC identified by screening (p
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