Key Features and Effects of Educational Approaches to Improve Clinical Performance

There are currently numerous national and international evidence-based guidelines for cancer screening, primary treatment, follow-up and palliative care. The vast number of continuously revised guidelines, recommendations and decision-aids makes it difficult for physicians and other care providers to ensure they are always using current best practices. In response, there have been growing calls for the development of new quality-measurement approaches that include education, training and feedback opportunities to support care providers to deliver the highest quality cancer care. This rapid synthesis identifies the key features and effects of educational initiatives to enhance clinical performance, with a focus on colonoscopy, mammography and pathology.