The European initiative for quality management in lung cancer care
Journal Paper/Review - Mar 23, 2014
Blum Torsten G, Rich Anna, Baldwin David, Beckett Paul, De Ruysscher Dirk, Faivre-Finn Corinne, Gaga Mina, Gamarra Fernando, Grigoriu Bogdan, Hansen Niels C G, Hubbard Richard, Huber Rudolf Maria, Jakobsen Erik, Jovanovic Dragana, Konsoulova Assia, Kollmeier Jens, Massard Gilbert, McPhelim John, Meert Anne-Pascale, Milroy Robert, Paesmans Marianne, Peake Mick, Putora Paul Martin, Scherpereel Arnaud, Schönfeld Nicolas, Sitter Helmut, Skaug Knut, Spiro Stephen, Strand Trond-Eirik, Taright Samya, Thomas Michael, van Schil Paul E, Vansteenkiste Johan F, Wiewrodt Rainer, Sculier Jean-Paul
Lung cancer is the commonest cause of cancer-related death worldwide and poses a significant respiratory disease burden. Little is known about the provision of lung cancer care across Europe. The overall aim of the Task Force was to investigate current practice in lung cancer care across Europe. The Task Force undertook four projects: 1) a narrative literature search on quality management of lung cancer; 2) a survey of national and local infrastructure for lung cancer care in Europe; 3) a benchmarking project on the quality of (inter)national lung cancer guidelines in Europe; and 4) a feasibility study of prospective data collection in a pan-European setting. There is little peer-reviewed literature on quality management in lung cancer care. The survey revealed important differences in the infrastructure of lung cancer care in Europe. The European guidelines that were assessed displayed wide variation in content and scope, as well as methodological quality but at the same time there was relevant duplication. The feasibility study demonstrated that it is, in principle, feasible to collect prospective demographic and clinical data on patients with lung cancer. Legal obligations vary among countries. The European Initiative for Quality Management in Lung Cancer Care has provided the first comprehensive snapshot of lung cancer care in Europe.