Scorecard - September 2018
The Rossy Cancer Network (RCN) has published the third edition of its quality indicators in its "RCN Scorecard”. The results of the former and current scorecards will help healthcare professionals and administrative staff to identify the best breakthrough practices and the possibilities for improvement in quality in the fight against cancer in Canada. Publishing these indicators is also an exercise in transparency, for the greater benefit of patients in the McGill-affiliated hospitals.
Once again, the most recent edition compiles the data of the three RCN partner hospitals—the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and St. Mary’s Hospital. The data selected by the RCN Quality Council, which includes representatives from each of the three partner hospitals, focuses on healthcare safety, accessibility, and efficiency as reflected in the following three indicators:
- Surgical wait times for cancer patients
- Surgical margins for radical prostatectomy
- Hepatitis B screening before chemotherapy treatment with rituximab
We are also excited to announce the release of a special report on the experience of patients with cancer during diagnosis and treatment, based on five years of patient-reported data from the Ambulatory Oncology Satisfaction Survey. This report provides a clear picture of areas in need of improvement based on patients’ comments and rating of their care experience at either one of the RCN partner hospitals. Therefore, its intention is to sensitize healthcare providers to patient needs and to inspire the development of solutions to problems that have been communicated by patients.
At the JGH, patients have always been at the heart of our initiatives. The Segal Cancer Centre, an ultramodern and renowned facility, is committed to using a global approach to patient care, combining cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial support, nutritional support, and clinical and fundamental research into cancer. In response to data showing delays in cancer surgeries, we have worked with the Ministry of Health to increase resources, including three additional operating rooms, with all of the associated services. Data from the current year (2018) already demonstrate major improvements.
Anne Lemay, Ph.D.
Associate Executive Director for the Support, Administration and Performance Programs
Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal
Gerald Batist MD, CM, CQ, FRCP(C), FACP, FCAHS
Segal Cancer Centre
McGill Centre for Translational Research in Cancer