Quality and allocation of care in oncology

Health Council of the Netherlands: Committee on the allocation of care in oncology
Record ID 31996008307
Authors' objectives:

To make a proposal for optimal cancer care in the Netherlands.

Authors' results and conclusions: In the present scientific report, a committee of the Council drafts a proposal for optimal cancer care in the Netherlands. Demographic changes in the decades to come will bring about an increasing demand on constrained resources. Scientific developments require flexible structures for evaluation and implementation. The report sets out the requirements to be fulfilled by medical professionals and institutions in the provision of adequate cancer care, and its consequences for the allocation of care.
Authors' recommendations: The committee states that cancer care facilities should be spread geographically when feasible and rational, and centralised when necessary. Basic requirements regard mainly to expertise, infrastructure, professional consultations, evaluation and documentation. Criteria mentioned for concentration are: complexity, rarity, infrastructure, innovation and trends towards subspecialisation. With respect to the needed level of concentration of care, the committee distinguishes three categories of cancer types. Each category is verified against the criteria developed in the report. Implications for practice:Agreements between professionals and hospitals; monitoring of quality within networks. Other output or dissemination activity: Update report: in about 5 years; Acceptance of recommendations: recommendations have been accepted by the Ministry of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
URL for project: http://www.gr.nl/
Year Published: 1993
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Netherlands
MeSH Terms
  • Cancer Care Facilities
  • Centralized Hospital Services
  • Clinical Competence
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Neoplasms
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Regional Health Planning
Organisation Name: Health Council of the Netherlands Gezondheidsraad
Contact Address: Postbus 16052, 2500 BB Den Haag, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 70 340 7520;Fax: +31 70 340 7523
Contact Name: info@gr.nl
Contact Email: info@gr.nl
Copyright: Health Council of the Netherlands Gezondheidsraad
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