Statewide Learning Collaborative to Improve Adherence to Breast Cancer Guidelines

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

This proposal seeks to establish the Breast Cancer Quality Improvement Collaborative in Illinois (BQIC-IL), a diverse group of Commission on Cancer-accredited hospitals throughout the state working together to improve quality and safety by improving adherence to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Clinical Practice in Oncology guidelines for breast cancer patients. Importantly, BQIC-IL will be a first of its kind learning collaboration in cancer care that will utilize specific, innovative strategies to engage providers and drive effective quality improvement (QI) in breast cancer care in response to high-quality comparative data. Importantly, BQIC-IL will allow hospitals to advance to the next level of QI beyond merely receiving quality data, namely, effectively using quality data from customized measures of breast cancer care based on NCCN guidelines. BQIC-IL will use a novel combination of tested strategies of mentored implementation to enhance QI (e.g., mentors, coaching, interactive educational curriculum, collaborative-wide meetings, site visits) to equip hospitals and individual providers to identify their local performance gaps in breast cancer care in a rigorous fashion based on high-quality, benchmarked data, and then implement solutions to those problems using established process improvement (PI) methods. Ultimately, hospitals will measurably improve adherence to NCCN guidelines for breast cancer, quality of care, and outcomes while reducing costs arising from unsafe, inefficient, or inappropriate care.

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2017 Clinical Pathways in Breast Cancer