ABSTRACT: The National Lung Cancer Audit was developed to improve the quality and outcomes of services for patients with lung cancer, knowing that outcomes vary widely across the UK and are poor compared to other western countries. After five years the audit is capturing approximately 100% of the expected number of incident cases across hospitals in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey. Measures of process and outcome have improved over the audit period, such as the histological confirmation rate (64-76%), the proportion of patients discussed in a multidisciplinary team meeting (78-94%), and the proportion of patients having anti-cancer treatment (43-59%), surgical resection (9-14%) and small cell lung cancer chemotherapy (58-66%). These national averages hide wide variations between hospitals providing lung cancer care which cannot be accounted for by differences in casemix. This paper describes the evolution of the audit, and describes the ways in which it may have improved clinical practice.
Clinical medicine (London, England) 02/2012; 12(1):14-8. · 1.15 Impact Factor