Melanoma diagnosis and early management: evaluating and improving patient outcomes through a clinical quality registry

Project: Research

Project Description

Synopsis:
Clinical quality registries (CQRs) are essential for correlating patient outcomes with measures of system and clinician performance. In providing "clinician-level" feedback of risk adjusted benchmarked data to clinicians and health services, CQRs have been shown to enhance the quality of care. This research approach is particularly important as a means of recognizing when variations in care adversely affect patients. While skin cancer is 'Australia's cancer' and the most costly malignancy to our health care system(1), no CQR for melanoma currently exists. Development of a melanoma registry is therefore a priority for Australia. Philanthropic seed funding has been sourced to enable development of a pilot to be tested across Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Prospective data collection across three States initially will be achieved by engaging key stakeholders, including clinicians and State cancer registries. The overall aim of this proposal is to address critical questions relating to melanoma diagnosis and early management. It will also help identify variations in compliance with quality indicators that reflect 'best (evidence-based) practice' (as set out in the recently revised national melanoma management guidelines) across several domains including diagnostic biopsy, pathology reporting and early surgical management.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/22