Letters Cancer survival

Cancer survival is a poor indicator of quality of care

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4059 (Published 29 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4059
  1. Claudina Michal-Teitelbaum, MD, primary preventive care1
  1. 1Lyon, France
  1. claudina-micahl{at}orange.fr

The Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation compared the quality of care of health systems in similar Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries.1 This comparison, based on quality indicators, is relayed by the media to put policy makers under pressure, with particular emphasis on poor cancer survival results.

However, if the ultimate aim is improving health outcomes …

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