Health Services Research in Oncology. Part I: End-of-Life Care

Robausch M, Groessmann N
Record ID 32018000382
Original Title: Versorgungsforschung Onkologie. Teil I: Versorgung am Lebensende (End-of-Life Care)
Authors' objectives: In Austria, a national cancer framework programme was introduced in 2014. Among other things, the goal of "high-quality data" is formulated in this programme. An important element of such data can be provided by health care research. For this reason, the LBI-HTA has launched a health care research project in oncology. The analyses in the report, part I, focuses on the topic of "End-of- Life" care.
Authors' results and conclusions: The main limitations of the analysis were the lack of data from the ambulatory and outpatient sector as well as the missing information on the causes of death. This must be especially taken into account regarding the comparisons of the Austrian federal states, since there are regional differences in the shift from the inpatient to the outpatient sector across federal states. In addition, in some regions there are arrangements in place between health insurances and hospitals (corporations) regarding the reimbursement of cancer therapies.
Authors' recomendations: The currently available databases are not sufficient to achieve goal five ("high-quality data") of the national cancer framework programme. An improvement with broader access for research institutions to intensify health services research should be a goal in the future.
Authors' methods: Routine data from Austrian social health insurance funds for the years 2012 to 2016 were used as a data basis. The analyses were source-related and based on the place of residence of the patients identified by cancer diagnoses documented during their inpatient stays.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2020
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English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Full HTA
Country: Austria
MeSH Terms
  • Health Services Research
  • Medical Oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Austria
  • Health Services Research
  • oncology
  • End-of-Life Care
  • quality indicators
  • secondary analysis
Organisation Name: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment
Contact Address: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for fuer Health Technology Assessment (LBI-HTA), Garnisongasse 7/rechte Stiege Mezzanin (Top 20), 1090 Vienna, Austria. Tel: +43 1 236 8119 - 0 Fax: +43 1 236 8119 - 99
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