Quality indexes are used by Cancer Care Ontario to track and measure how well we are doing at meeting system-wide goals in Ontario and to provide insights on where improvements can be made within the cancer system.
Cancer System Quality Index
The Cancer System Quality Index tracks Ontario’s progress against cancer and points out where cancer service providers can make quality and performance improvements.
The index presents a rolling snapshot of activity in 35 evidence-based measures (e.g., smoking rates, colorectal screening rates, cancer surgery wait times, patient satisfaction) from prevention through to survivorship and end of life care. The index looks at the following performance domains:
- Safe: Are we enhancing patient and provider safety by avoiding or preventing accidents, adverse events and injuries?
- Effective: Are we advancing our ability to provide cancer services based on recommended guidelines?
- Accessible: Are enough Ontarians being screened? Are we making headway on wait times? Are patients getting the end-of-life care they need?
- Responsive: How do patients rate their experience at Ontario’s cancer centers? Does the cancer system help meet their needs?
- Efficient: Are we improving the way the cancer system uses existing resources to achieve the outcomes we want?
- Equitable: Is the burden of cancer similar for all Ontarians regardless of their social, economic, cultural or demographic status?
- Integrated: How well are cancer services in Ontario integrated across the healthcare system?
The Cancer System Quality Index is one of the products used by the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario fulfill its mandate of monitoring and publicly reporting on the cancer system. Visit the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario for more information.