The clinical trials QPI will be measured utilising SCRN data and ISD incidence data, as is the methodology currently utilised by the Chief Scientist Office ( CSO) and NCRI. The principal benefit of this approach is that this data is already collected utilising a robust mechanism. At present a 'clinical trial' data item is contained within all tumour specific datasets, however in order to avoid any duplication of effort, and focus resources appropriately, SCRN data is the preferred option.
Utilising SCRN data allows for comparison with CSO published data and ensures capture of all clinical trials activity, not solely first line treatment trials, as contained in the clinical audit data. Given that a significant proportion of clinical trials are for relapsed disease this is felt to be particularly important in driving quality improvement. This methodology utilises incidence as a proxy for all patients with cancer. This may slightly over, or underestimate, performance levels, however this is an established approach currently utilised by NHSScotland.
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