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J Surg Oncol. 2010 Jul 1;102(1):34-8. doi: 10.1002/jso.21555.

Perioperative quality metrics for one step breast cancer surgery: a patient-centered approach.

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Department of Medical Education, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Patient-centered care is recommended by the Institute of Medicine to build a better healthcare system. The aim of this study was to audit patient-centered quality measures (QM) to create a breast center report card that could be provided to patients for education and informed consent.

METHODS:

An IRB approved retrospective review of 695 patients undergoing sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer was conducted to audit the components of one step surgery and other QM.

RESULTS:

The intraoperative sensitivity to detect node positive patients was 25% (2/8), 27% (9/34), and 87% (68/78) for pN0(i+), pN1mi, pN1 patients, respectively. The re-excision lumpectomy rate was 15% (72/471) and the one step surgery success rate, which included lumpectomy and mastectomy patients, was 86% (598/695). Patient self-assessment of "very good to excellent" cosmesis and pain control were 77% (103/134) and 83% (60/72). Local recurrence rate was 2% (12/695) at a mean 3.1-year follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

The components of care that contribute to a patient-centered assessment of breast cancer surgery are measurable. "Bundling" of QM creates a perioperative report card that aids patients' informed consent and provides a framework for future comparative effectiveness studies.

PMID:
20578075
DOI:
10.1002/jso.21555
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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