Cancer Quality Performance Indicator Programme

Quality performance indicators (QPIs) are used to improve the quality of cancer services and deliver better outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer.

Cancer Quality Performance Indicator Programme

Quality performance indicators (QPIs) are used to improve the quality of cancer services and deliver better outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer. They enable District Health Boards to compare their performance with other DHBs. QPIs are selected by an expert cancer working group with consumer representation and a range of clinical experts involved in providing patient care.

QPIs are selected to answer these criteria:

  • Does this indicator address an area of clinical importance that could significantly impact on the quality and outcome of care delivered for people diagnosed with cancer?
  • Will this indicator support our goal of achieving Māori health gain and equity?
  • Can the indicator be measured with data in a national collection?
  • Is there sound evidence and a clear rationale that this indicator can drive quality improvement?

Monitoring reports

Once the QPIs are selected and reviewed by the sector a quality performance monitoring report is written and published by Te Aho o Te Kahu. These reports also compare our New Zealand results with that of other countries where equivalent data is available. Monitoring reports can be viewed here.

Action plans

Te Aho o Te Kahu uses the monitoring report to work with the sector to identify areas where there is unwarranted variation between DHBs and develop a quality plan with actions to improve services and outcomes. Published action plans can be found here.


Cancer Care Data Explorer

The Cancer Care Data Explorer is primarily a tool for service providers and clinicians to explore their quality performance indicator results but the results may also be helpful for other purposes. Results are available by district health board, gender, age group, ethnic group and neighbourhood deprivation.

The Data Explorer presents the results from the published quality improvement monitoring reports in an interactive dashboard. The dashboard will be updated with further cancer types as each monitoring report is published. Approximately every two years the indicator results will be updated with more recent data to see if improvements have been made.


Progress on publishing indicators

Current progress on identifying indicators and published results by cancer type are shown below. More cancer types will be added as they are completed.

progress on publishing indicators

If you have any queries about quality performance indicators please contact info@teaho.govt.nz.