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J Surg Oncol. 2009 Jun 15;99(8):488-90. doi: 10.1002/jso.21173.

Using the NCDB for cancer care improvement: an introduction to available quality assessment tools.

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  • 1Cancer Programs, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois 60611, USA.


Improving the quality of cancer care requires high-quality data, mechanisms to feed back information to hospitals, systems to act on the data, and participation of providers. The purpose of this review is to describe how the National Cancer Database (NCDB) can be utilized to improve the quality of cancer care in the United States through a variety of benchmarking reports and data feedback mechanisms available to hospitals approved by the Commission on Cancer (CoC).

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