The ECOBSW Registry established a standardized method of collecting data for all newly diagnosed cancer patients of the BSW region (2009-2014: n=13,046 patients). The study integrated data from ALL major Health Services with the goal of identifying gaps and consequently drive change for enhanced treatment and care.
The ECOBSW collects data on cancer stage at diagnosis, prognostic indicators, first line treatments and subsequent outcomes for all newly diagnosed cancer patients. Strong links across Health Services have been established and cemented during the data collection and collation process.
Key performance indicators for tumour streams which allow benchmarking against optimal standards were developed and included:
The development of key performance indicators for tumour streams allows ECOBSW to benchmark against pre-set standards and identify and respond to variations in care. ECOBSW routinely provides data to Health Services and key stakeholders to facilitate health service planning. This kind of detailed population-based data collection is an important enabler of ongoing improvement in clinical performance.