The embargo on all abstracts part of the 2017 Quality Care Symposium will lift at 5:00 PM ET on Monday, February 27, 2017.
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2016 Research Releases:
New Triage System Decreases Emergency Room Visits by Oncology Patients in Florida
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A quality improvement initiative to reduce patients’ reliance on emergency room (ER) visits to treat cancer treatment side effects has shown to be highly effective, according to early findings from a new study. The strategy, involving a telephone triage service, coupled with patient education, decreased the use of ER services by 60% in the first four months after it was implemented in Florida. Read the full release.
Study Suggests Many Women with Early Breast Cancer Receive Unnecessary Imaging Tests
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A new study suggests that up to 60% of the computed tomography (CT) scans, bone scans, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans performed for more than 29,000 Michigan women diagnosed with early breast cancer between 2008 and 2014 could not be medically justified based on retrospective record review. National guidelines recommend against the use of such tests to look for metastases in women with early-stage breast cancer, unless a woman has symptoms or blood test abnormalities. Read the full release.
Online Tool Improves Access to Information on Cancer Treatment Costs
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — To facilitate doctor/patient conversations about costs of cancer care, researchers developed and piloted an online tool for oncologists. The innovative resource lists prices for the 50 most commonly prescribed cancer treatment regimens. A survey of the pilot users at four clinics in Washington State indicated that the resource provides value to both patients and practices. Read the full release.
Studies at the 2016 Quality Care Symposium Show ASCO Initiatives in Action, Improving the Quality of Cancer Care
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Five studies that illustrate how American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) initiatives are being implemented to provide quality cancer care and achieve better outcomes for patients will be presented at the 2016 Quality Care Symposium, which is being held February 26 – 27 in Phoenix. These noteworthy abstracts exemplify how ASCO-led best practices can be implemented to improve the quality of patient care. Read the full release.
2016 Symposium Highlights Notable Research Advances in Quality of Cancer Care
PHOENIX – Nine studies exploring key issues in improving quality cancer care will be presented at the 2016 Quality Care Symposium, which takes place February 26-27, 2016, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix. These notable abstracts examine and implement various approaches to improving the quality of treatment and care for patients with cancer. Experts in quality care are available to comment on the studies below. Read the full tip sheet.