ACCC's educational program "Prostate Cancer Programs: Developing Tools and Measuring Effectiveness" is designed to give cancer programs the data and tools they need to improve prostate patient outcomes and satisfaction. It is hoped that the benchmarks identified in this study will help cancer programs better understand and more clearly map their prostate program's performance.
- To develop criteria for measuring outcomes that indicate success in treating patients with metastatic or advanced prostate cancer. (Criteria must be easily recordable, standardized across all participating programs, simple to maintain on a regular basis, and include both clinical and non-clinical data.)
- To develop practical tools to assist programs in both measuring specific outcomes and improving care for patients with metastatic or advanced prostate cancer. (Examples of possible tools include model patient survey instruments, treatment planning guides, organizational flowcharts, and patient flowcharts.)
- To apply these criteria and tools at cancer programs actively involved in treating patients with metastatic or advanced prostate cancer.
- To determine and measure which criteria and tools affect outcomes and increase success in treating patients with metastatic or advanced prostate cancer.
- To share effective tools and report the study results in a formal educational venue available to all providers.
Findings from ACCC's study suggest that many cancer programs are not collecting sufficient outcomes data to assess the quality of the care they provide to patients with metastatic or advanced prostate cancer. The study also found that few practical tools exist to measure effectiveness of the prostate-specific cancer service line.
The project study identified both clinical and non-clinical criteria for measuring outcomes that indicate success in treating patients with metastatic or advanced prostate cancer. In addition, ACCC assessed the use of patient education materials and decision-making tools for patients with metastatic or advanced prostate cancer.
As part of this educational project, a literature view of prostate cancer care was conducted of PubMed, CINAH®, Health and Psychosocial Instruments, Google Scholar, Cochrane Review, and PsycInfo®. Most articles explore early or locally advanced prostate cancer.
Nine cancer programs (see sidebar on right) participated in ACCC's educational project. They used a Prostate Cancer Toolkit to help their prostate cancer patients participate in decision-making about healthcare options. The toolkit included patient education materials and decision-making tools, such as the EPIC-16 CP tool, to measure specific outcomes and patient satisfaction.
Click here for the project's Prostate Cancer Toolkit.
Here are videos and articles designed to help you help your patients with advanced prostate cancer.