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Factors associated with quality of care for patients with pancreatic cancer in Australia

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The known Treating patients with pancreatic cancer is challenging, and socio-demographic factors influence whether patients receive specific treatment forms, such as surgery and chemotherapy. 

The new Our composite quality of care score was lower for patients from rural or socially disadvantaged areas; it was higher for patients who first presented to a hospital with a high pancreatic case volume. A higher score was significantly associated with improved survival. 

The implications Strategies should be developed which ensure that all patients with pancreatic cancer have the opportunity to receive optimal care from or in conjunction with high pancreatic case volume centres. 

In Australia, pancreatic cancer is the tenth most common cancer, and the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death.1 One-year survival is 20%, 5-year survival 6%.2 Treating pancreatic cancer presents distinctive challenges, and requires highly specialised care to achieve optimal outcomes.3 Studies in Australia and overseas have shown that fewer patients receive the recommended treatment than expected,4,