BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit
originally posted by WM Admin on 2013-02-12 12:57:28.712 and updated 2015-04-13 16:02:11.897
The BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit (BQA) aims to improve the quality of care by surgeons for patients with early and locally advanced breast cancer in Australia and New Zealand.
Participants can self-assess their clinical performance against set Key Performance Indicators and also compare certain data against peers.
Research into breast cancer treatment and outcomes using de-identified audit data also forms an important part of the audit's value.
Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ), directors of the audit, require full members to submit data on all cases of early and locally advanced breast cancer.
This audit was formerly directed by the Breast Surgery Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as the National Breast Cancer Audit. It was originally initiated as a pilot study in 1998 and has been running continuously since then. The College now manages the audit on behalf of BreastSurgANZ, who took over the audit's direction in late 2010.
The database currently contains over 150,000 episodes of breast cancer, with over 300 surgeons contributing data each year from across Australian and New Zealand.
The NBCA provides surgeons with a self-audit tool to monitor their own surgical practice in relation to evidence based standards, as well as participating in a quality improvement cycle. The data is also used in a de-identified and aggregated form for research into breast cancer treatment in Australia and New Zealand.