Caracterization of oncological disease: Racional, objectives and methodology - Perfil study

Ana Macedo, Sofia Andrade, Inês Moital, António Moreira, Francisco Luís Pimentel, Sérgio Barroso, José Dinis, Noémia Afonso, Xavier Bonfill

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Oncologic disease is one of the main causes of death in Portugal, as well as a high morbidity rate. Over the past few years, these diseases have been targeted with several strategies which aims at optimizing the use of available therapeutic and diagnostic options. Nevertheless, the amount of quantitative information available regarding the disease, patient profile, and treatment and monitoring practices is very low. In order to optimise the implementation of health policies specifically directed at oncologic diseases reliable and up-to-date information is needed, permitting optimisation and balancing of costs and benefits. The PERFIL national epidemiologic study is a multi-centre, retrospective cohort study which aims at evaluating the clinical practice regarding treatment of 6 neoplasias - colorectal, gastric, breast, prostate, lung, and lymphoma, in Portugal, between 2003 and 2007. © 2008 CELOM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-334
JournalActa Medica Portuguesa
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

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