Quality assessment in prostate cancer centers certified by the German Cancer Society.

In 2008, the German Cancer Society certification program for prostate cancer centers (PCCs) was introduced, fostering multidisciplinary and interprofessional cooperation. Since then, 97 PCCs have been certified.

This paper describes the PCC certification program, quality indicators (QI) that are reported during certification, as well as changes over time and correlates of QI fulfillment.

Observational data from 70,683 primary prostate cancer (PCa) cases treated between 2010 and 2013 in certified PCC sites are analyzed using descriptive and correlation analyses.

Fulfillment of the requirements is high with over 80 % of the sites fulfilling the requirements for most of the presented QIs with defined target values. Fulfillment increased slightly over time, with significant improvements in conducting multidisciplinary tumor conferences (increasing proportion of cases presented pre- and post-treatment, increasing participation of specialists), psycho-oncologic care, social service counseling and research participation. Bivariate associations between hospital characteristics and QIs observed were most distinct for time since first certification.

Results suggest that the PCC certification program presented contributes to establishing multidisciplinary teams over time and assures the provision of high-quality PCa care. However, differences in fulfillment of the requirements exist with regard to hospital characteristics beyond the scope of the certification system.

World journal of urology. 2015 Sep 21 [Epub ahead of print]

Christoph Kowalski, Julia Ferencz, Peter Albers, Jan Fichtner, Thomas Wiegel, Günter Feick, Simone Wesselmann

German Cancer Society, Kuno-Fischer-Straße 8, 14057, Berlin, Germany.  OnkoZert GmbH, Certification Institute of the German Cancer Society, Gartenstr. 24, 89231, Neu-Ulm, Germany. University Hospital Düsseldorf, Moorenstraße 5, 40225, Düsseldorf, Germany.  Johanniter Hospital Oberhausen, Steinbrinkstr. 96, 46145, Oberhausen, Germany.  University Hospital Ulm, Albert-Einstein-Allee 23, 89081, Ulm, Germany.  Federal Association of German Prostate Cancer Patient Support Groups, Thomas-Mann-Str. 40, 53111, Bonn, Germany.  German Cancer Society, Kuno-Fischer-Straße 8, 14057, Berlin, Germany.  

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