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Stakeholder preferences for cancer care performance indicators

Anna Gagliardi (Sunnybrook Research Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Louise Lemieux‐Charles (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
Adalsteinn Brown (Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Toronto, Canada)
Terry Sullivan (Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, Canada)
Vivek Goel (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Article publication date: 21 March 2008




The purpose of this paper is to show that performance data use could be promoted with a better understanding of the type of indicators that are important to different stakeholders. This study explored patient, nurse, physician and manager preferences for cancer care quality indicators.


Interviews were held with 30 stakeholders between March and June 2004. They were asked to describe how they would use a cancer “report card”, and which indicators they would want reported. Transcripts were reviewed using qualitative analysis.


Role (patient, nurse, physician, manager) influenced preferences and perceived use of performance data. Patients and physicians were more skeptical than nurses and managers; patients and managers expressed some preferences distinct from nurses and physicians; and patients and nurses interpreted indicators more broadly than physicians and managers. All groups preferred technical process over outcome or interpersonal process indicators.

Research limitations/implications

Expressed views are not directly applicable beyond this setting, or to the general public but findings are congruent with attitudes to performance data for other conditions, and serve as a conceptual basis for further study.

Practical implications

Strategies for maximizing the relevance of performance reports might include technical process indicators, selection by multi‐stakeholder deliberation, information that facilitates information application and customizable report interfaces.


Performance data preferences have not been thoroughly examined, particularly in the context of cancer care. Factors were identified that influence stakeholder views of performance data, and this framework could be used to confirm findings among larger and different populations.



Gagliardi, A., Lemieux‐Charles, L., Brown, A., Sullivan, T. and Goel, V. (2008), "Stakeholder preferences for cancer care performance indicators", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 175-189.



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