Searchable Title

Development of a Benchmark Tool for Cancer Centers: Results from a Pilot Exercise. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Reference Type

Journal Article

Authors, Section

Wind, A.; van Dijk, J.; Nefkens, I.; van Lent, W.; Nagy, P.; Janulionis, E.; Helander, T.; Rocha-Goncalves, F.; van Harten, W.

Title, Section

Development of a Benchmark Tool for Cancer Centers: Results from a Pilot Exercise. Copyright: Creative Commons License.

Publication Year


Journal Title

BMC Health Services Research










PMID: 30305057




Qualitative Indicators in Additional File2A on website. ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Differences in cancer survival exist between countries in Europe. Benchmarking of good practices can assist cancer centers to improve their services aiming for reduced inequalities. The aim of the BENCH-CAN project was to develop a cancer care benchmark tool, identify performance differences and yield good practice examples, contributing to improving the quality of interdisciplinary care. This paper describes the development of this benchmark tool and its validation in cancer centers throughout Europe. METHODS: A benchmark tool was developed and executed according to a 13 step benchmarking process. Indicator selection was based on literature, existing accreditation systems, and expert opinions. A final format was tested in eight cancer centers. Center visits by a team of minimally 3 persons, including a patient representative, were performed to verify information, grasp context and check on additional questions (through semi-structured interviews). Based on the visits, the benchmark methodology identified opportunities for improvement. RESULTS: The final tool existed of 61 qualitative and 141 quantitative indicators, which were structured in an evaluative framework. Data from all eight participating centers showed inter-organization variability on many indicators, such as bed utilization and provision of survivorship care. Subsequently, improvement suggestions for centers were made; 85% of which were agreed upon. CONCLUSION: A benchmarking tool for cancer centers was successfully developed and tested and is available in an open format. The tool allows comparison of inter-organizational performance. Improvement opportunities were successfully identified for every center involved and the tool was positively evaluated.