The diagnostic and therapeutic care and degree of follow-up delivered to 2406 breast-cancer patients over two years (1978 - 79) in 31 Italian hospitals are reviewed. Although there was broad agreement about recommended treatment protocols, staging by standard methods was recorded in only 44% of patients, assessment and reporting of side-effects was considered in only 49% of all treated patients, follow-up data at two years were available for only 54% of living patients, and the dropout rate from chemotherapy protocols was 35%. Improvement of these unsatisfactory aspects of care would allow a better appreciation of the real benefit that could be achieved with recommended protocols and would result in a more effective use of health resources.
|Titolo:||Quality of breast-cancer care in Italian general hospitals|
LA VECCHIA, CARLO VITANTONIO BATTISTA (Penultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Neoplasms; Medical Records; Neoplasm Staging; Patient Compliance; Quality of Health Care; Humans; Hospitals, General; Italy; Female|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/01 - Statistica Medica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||31-lug-1982|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0140-6736(82)90335-X|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|