Performance indicators

The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program performance indicator set comprises 11 endorsed indicators that are used for monitoring the program.

Page last updated: 17 October 2014

The performance indicators aim to provide a comprehensive picture of the performance of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in Australia, and were designed with the future in mind. At the time these performance indicators were developed, the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program was still in its infancy and biennial screening was not yet phased in. 

Some indicators are aspirational, in that there is either a lack of national data or a lack of completeness of data. For some indicators, further maturity of the program will assist with the completeness of data.

NBCSP Performance Indicators
PBSF step (a) No. Program performance indicator Related NBCSP Objective
Recruitment 1 Participation rate Q2, O5, O6
Screening 2 Screening positively rate O1,O3,O4
Assessment 3 Diagnostic assessment rate O2, O3, O4
Diagnosis 5a Adenoma detection rate O1, O3, O4
Diagnosis 5b The positive predictive value of diagnostic assessment for detecting adenoma O1,O4
Diagnosis 6a Colorectal cancer detection rate O1,O4
Diagnosis 6b The positive predictive value of diagnostic assessment for detecting colorectal cancer O1,O4
Diagnosis 7 Interval cancer rate O1, O4
Diagnosis 8b Cancer clinic-pathological stage distribution O1, O4
Outcomes 9b Adverse events-hospital admission O3, O4
Outcomes 10c Incidence of colorectal cancer O6
Outcomes 11c Mortality from colorectal cancer O6
  1. PBSF stands for The Australian Population Based Screening Framework stages. For more information see Box 1.3 in the Technical report on the development of the Performance Indicators.
  2. Indicators 8 and 9 are aspirational performance indicators (performance indicators where data are not currently available; however, when data are available, they would be reported).
  3. Indicators 10 and 11 are contextual performance indicators (performance indicators not specific to the NBCSP, but provide context on the burden of bowel cancer in Australia, which may be related to bowel screening activity and outcomes).

A technical report on the development of the Performance Indicators is available on the AIHW website.

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