Proposed prostate cancer quality performance indicators for clinical review

Closed 7 Jun 2019

Opened 20 May 2019


We are seeking your clinical review of proposed quality performance indicators for prostate cancer.

The Ministry and the National Urological Cancer Working Group (the Working Group) have worked together to develop a set of proposed quality performance indicators (QPIs) for prostate cancer.

The proposed indicators have been selected to measure performance and drive quality improvement in prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment services. The Working Group has identified a set of 15 QPIs that measure the quality of care and outcomes for men with prostate cancer in New Zealand and support continuous quality improvement in prostate cancer care.

The indicators are not limited to those that can be measured using currently available data in national collections. Areas where data quality improvement is required (eg, stage, grade of cancer) will be identified as part of the project.

What feedback are we seeking?

We are providing an opportunity for all clinicians involved in prostate cancer services to provide feedback on this set of 15 prostate cancer specific indicators (Word, 79 KB). In particular, we would like to know:

  • if you think these indicators are useful measures that can drive quality improvement for services provided to people diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer in New Zealand
  • if you have any feedback on the QPI descriptions and/or data specifications.

Who are we seeking feedback from?

Primarily we are seeking feedback from clinicians who provide cancer diagnosis and treatment services for people with prostate cancer in New Zealand. Other DHB staff may also wish to comment on the indicators.

We expect clinicians will assess the indicators in areas that relate to their specialist knowledge. A clinician may review as many indicators as they wish.

You can provide your feedback via our online survey.

You can also send your feedback, comments and any queries about the indicator development process to Joyce Brown.

When do we need feedback by?

Please complete your review of the indicators and submit any other feedback by Friday 7 June 2019.

What happens next

All feedback will be presented and considered at the next Working Group meeting on 17 June 2019 and a final set of QPIs will be agreed to develop further.

The next phase of the project is to assess whether data is available in national collections to develop and report the QPIs. Where data is not available, we will work with our clinical advisory groups and other groups within the Ministry to identify the best source and method to collect this data. We will also develop the reporting requirements for each indicator.


  • Health sector


  • Cancer services