Improving quality of cancer care by participating in quality oncology practice initiative certification program

Abdul Rahman Jazieh, Nafisa Abdelhafiez, Nashmia Al Mutairi, Ahmed Hashem, Mohammad Alkaiyat, Mona Al Shami, Mohammad Jahanzeb

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Abstract

PURPOSE ASCO developed the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) to ensure patient safety in oncology outpatient services. We evaluated the impact of participation in QOPI certification on patient care at our institution. METHODS To participate in QOPI, we created a multidisciplinary team, and we chose the required modules and began QOPI participation per program requirement. In the initial round, we scored lower than the required score of 75% to be eligible for QOPI certification. We then implemented multiple measures and interventions, and we conducted multiple Plan, Do, Study, Act cycles (PSDA) cycles to achieve our goal. RESULTS Our score in the initial round was 68%; in the second round, our score remained low at 65%; in the third round, we exceeded the target score by achieving 93%. We completed the certification process with a site visit. In October 2018, we became the first QOPI-certified center in the Middle East and Asia. CONCLUSION We learned many lessons during our journey toward QOPI certification. Essential elements of success included timely assembly of the right multidisciplinary team and clear communication between team members within the institution and with the ASCO QOPI team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1087-1092
Number of pages6
JournalJCO Global Oncology
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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