Monitoring of healthcare outcomes within National Cancer Control Plans (NCCP)

Eduard Vrdoljak

Adequate monitoring and reporting of all proposed activities of the NCCP is essential for its successful implementation. Focus should be on monitoring of goals and objectives, implementation of the measures proposed, regular evaluation of the plan with adjustment of strategies if necessary, with continuous and active participation of stakeholders in the process of monitoring and reporting.

In order to be able to optimally monitor implementation of the NCCP, all countries have to invest in the basic oncology infrastructure, comprehensive, national oncological networks where all patients will receive guidelines driven oncology care and with single and complete database which will generate continuous source of information about quality of oncology care.

Finally, quality control in oncology and assessing cost-effectiveness requires close cooperation between health care policy makers, healthcare service payers, experts and civil society. Taking into account the increasing incidence of cancer and the burden on the health system, assessing efficiency and cost effectiveness of each measure taken, as well as controlling quality is paramount, in order to increase the effectiveness of treatment and more rational funds management.

The only true indicator of the national plan’s success is what improvements in health outcomes have been achieved.

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