HSR Quality Improvement Initiatives

The overall aims of the collaborative include, among others, evaluating and improving patterns of care in the radiographic staging of men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer, reducing biopsy-related complications and assessing repeat biopsy patterns, improving patient outcomes after radical prostatectomy, enhancing patient-centered decision making among men considering local therapy for early-stage prostate cancer, and understanding and reducing variation in the use of androgen deprivation therapy. Participating practices submit data to a clinical registry maintained by the MUSIC Coordinating Center and tri-annual consortium-wide meetings are held each year to discuss data, review risk-adjusted measures of processes of care and patient outcomes, and identify strategies and best practices for quality improvement.