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Strategic Directions for the Diagnostic Phase

Navigating the Diagnostic Phase of Cancer: Ontario’s Strategic Directions 2014-2018 , is Ontario's first strategic plan with a holistic approach to improving the diagnostic phase of the cancer journey. The plan was built though extensive consultation with regional partners, patients and clinicians. It will ensure we can build on our successes to date and drive transformative changes to care for all Ontarians undergoing a potential cancer diagnosis.  

The success of the plan will require the collective efforts of our regional and provincial stakeholders, as well as the participation of healthcare providers and patients.

Strategic Priorities and Objectives

Improving the diagnostic phase for a potential cancer diagnosis is an ambitious and complex goal. Four strategic priorities for 2014–2018 provide a roadmap for thoughtful and incremental changes over the next four years and drive more evidence-based approaches to cancer diagnosis across the province.

Priority 1 Refine and Align the Scope of Diagnostic Assessment Programs

  • Clearly define DAPs – their scope, objectives and elements
  • Support equity of care for patients by establishing standard entry and transfer of care criteria for lung, colorectal and prostate DAPs across Ontario
  • Integrate and align the DAP Program into CCO’s existing pathways and guidelines
  • Develop a sustainable funding model for DAPs

Priority 2 Develop Models of Navigation for Patients During the Diagnostic Phase

  • Establish a model that will risk-stratify patients for navigational needs to provide a patient-centred, evidence-based approach to diagnostic care
  • Strengthen the processes for accessing supportive services to meet broader patient needs during the diagnostic phase

Priority 3 Improve Patient Transitions Along the Pathway from Suspicion to Diagnosis, Leading to Treatment

  • Collaborate with CCO’s Primary Care, Imaging, Screening and Treatment Programs to ensure safe and effective coordination and continuity of care for patients along the cancer journey
  • Partner with CCO’s Screening Programs to establish and implement an organized follow-up model for positive screens

Priority 4 Drive Continuous Quality Improvement During the Diagnostic Phase

  • Strengthen knowledge transfer and exchange approaches to improve the quality of care for patients
  • Develop key performance indicators for the diagnostic phase that align with the quality dimensions of care
  • Evaluate models of diagnostic assessment to identify leading practices and the appropriateness of diagnostic care models across disease sites and regional needs
  • Develop the technology standards needed to meet data collection and patient management requirements of the diagnostic phase

Last modified: Thu, Aug 28, 2014
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