Quality performance indicators were identified for bowel cancer by the National Bowel Cancer Working Group together with the Ministry of Health and other cancer experts. This process involved clinical engagement, consensus and wide consultation with stakeholders within the health sector.
A number of key criteria were considered when selecting indicators including:
- measurability with a view to collecting data nationally
- evidence base ie, sound, current evidence that the indicator can drive quality improvement
- importance ie, address an area of clinical importance that could significantly impact on the quality and outcome of care delivered
- ability to support the goal of achieving Māori health gain and equity.
The quality performance indicators will be used to improve the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with bowel cancer.