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Table 1 Example of quality indicators developed in our project

From: Lessons learned in the development of process quality indicators for cancer care in Japan

Denominator (target patients) Numerator (care processes indicated)
Patients with stage 3 colorectal cancer who have undergone surgical resection Patients who have received standard chemotherapy within 8 weeks of surgery or who have reasons for not receiving chemotherapy
Patients with colorectal cancer who have undergone surgical resection Patients who have received total colonoscopy or who have reasons for not receiving total colonoscopy
Patients with gastric cancer who have undergone endoscopic resection and have one of the following:
• positive vertical margin
• lymphovascular invasion
• invasion to the SM2 layer (≥500 μm)
Patients who have received surgical treatment with lymph-node dissection
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer Patients who have had their Her-2/neu status examined
Patients receiving treatment for liver cancer Patients who have had the levels of α-fetoprotein and protein in vitamin K absence-II checked before the start of therapy
Patient with lung cancer who have undergone surgical resection or radiation therapy on their lungs Patients whose lung function has been assessed via spirometry
Patient receiving narcotic analgesics Patients who have received education or medication to prevent constipation