A new editorial in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) from Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, Chair of ASCO’s Quality of Care Committee, discusses the importance of oncologists using available data to explore what patients and caregivers value most in cancer care delivery.
Dr. Kamal notes that the current rate of progress in cancer care can present challenges in keeping pace with several moving targets regarding indications, adverse effects, and treatment logistics, but encourages his peers to hear to the needs of patients and caregivers through making use of publicly accessible data and feedback on performance, costs, and outcomes.
There are vast streams of data from health records, administrative registries, and other sources that reveal important indicators for quality care. In addition to continuing to give attention to the individual patient voice, Dr. Kamal recommends considering aggregated data methods including patient-reported outcomes and open-ended narrative avenues, such as qualitative inquiries.
Read the full Editorial.