The European initiative for quality management in lung cancer care

Torsten G. Blum, Anna Rich, David Baldwin, Paul Beckett, Dirk De Ruysscher, Corinne Faivre-Finn, Mina Gaga, Fernando Gamarra, Bogdan Grigoriu, Niels C.G. Hansen, Richard Hubbard, Rudolf Maria Huber, Erik Jakobsen, Dragana Jovanovic, Assia Konsoulova, Jens Kollmeier, Gilbert Massard, John McPhelim, Anne Pascale Meert, Robert MilroyMarianne Paesmans, Mick Peake, Paul Martin Putora, Arnaud Scherpereel, Nicolas Schönfeld, Helmut Sitter, Knut Skaug, Stephen Spiro, Trond Eirik Strand, Samya Taright, Michael Thomas, Paul E. Van Schil, Johan F. Vansteenkiste, Rainer Wiewrodt, Jean Paul Sculier

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Lung cancer is the commonest cause of cancer-related death worldwide and poses a significant respiratory disease burden. Little is known about the provision of lung cancer care across Europe. The overall aim of the Task Force was to investigate current practice in lung cancer care across Europe. The Task Force undertook four projects: 1) a narrative literature search on quality management of lung cancer; 2) a survey of national and local infrastructure for lung cancer care in Europe; 3) a benchmarking project on the quality of (inter)national lung cancer guidelines in Europe; and 4) a feasibility study of prospective data collection in a pan-European setting. There is little peer-reviewed literature on quality management in lung cancer care. The survey revealed important differences in the infrastructure of lung cancer care in Europe. The European guidelines that were assessed displayed wide variation in content and scope, as well as methodological quality but at the same time there was relevant duplication. The feasibility study demonstrated that it is, in principle, feasible to collect prospective demographic and clinical data on patients with lung cancer. Legal obligations vary among countries. The European Initiative for Quality Management in Lung Cancer Care has provided the first comprehensive snapshot of lung cancer care in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1254-1277
Number of pages24
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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