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Data collection helps to close gap in treatment of lung cancer patients

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7941
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The proportion of patients with lung cancer in the United Kingdom who receive surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy is improving each year, shows the national lung cancer audit.

The latest figures, for 2010, show that the gap between the UK and other countries in western Europe, which have historically been rated as having higher quality care, is closing.

The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership and carried out by the NHS Information Centre together with the Royal College of Physicians. Every trust or health board in the UK participated, and the audit captured almost 100% of the 38 057 UK cases presenting to secondary care.

Mick Peake, a consultant in respiratory medicine and the audit’s clinical lead, told the BMJ: “We have seen year on year improvement. In 2005 around 45% of patients in England and …

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