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Clinical Standards to improve Patient Outcomes

2014 was a busy year in the world of clinical standard development at CCNS. Clinical experts, administrators, cancer patients and survivors from across Nova Scotia continued their work in many areas. New working groups were also established in lung cancer and oral systemic therapy. We made progress in each of following areas.

Rectal Cancer Clinical Treatment Standards
Diagnosis and referral of patients clinically suspicious for colorectal cancer Psychosocial health services
Lung cancer
Oral Systemic Therapy (chemotherapy)

Monitoring the impact of the standards, when approved and implemented, will be key to our success. This will require identification of appropriate quality indicators. A working group with representatives from across the province, including Department of Health and Wellness, cancer survivors and CCNS staff has been established to guide the selection, definition and reporting of quality indicators. This work continues.

Anyone who has questions about our work in clinical standard development may contact Chris Collier, Interim Chief Operating Officer, CCNS by phone at 902-473-4638 or by email at ccns.nshealth.ca  

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