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Medical News & Perspectives
May 5, 1999

Better Cancer Patient Care Requires Systemic Changes

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JAMA. 1999;281(17):1575-1576. doi:10.1001/jama.281.17.1575-JMN0505-2-1

Better results from treating patients with cancer depend on improving the health care system.

"Evidence suggests that we don't fully use what is known to be effective in treating cancer. There's an appalling lack of information on the quality of care for most cancers, and efforts to measure quality in cancer care are embryonic at best," said Joseph Simone, MD, as a new report, Ensuring Quality Cancer Care, was released last month by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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