European Journal of Breast Health

360 Health Analysis (H360) – A Proposal for an Integrated Vision of Breast Cancer in Portugal


Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil EPE, Porto, Portugal


Instituto Português de Oncologia de Coimbra Francisco Gentil EPE, Coimbra, Portugal


Hospital de Santa Maria, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, Lisbon, Portugal


ScienceCircle − Scientific and Biomedical Consulting, Lisbon, Portugal


Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Institute of Health Sciences, Lisbon, Portugal


Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht, Netherlands


Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Luis Costa Lab, Lisbon, Portugal

Eur J Breast Health 2020; 16: 91-98
DOI: 10.5152/ejbh.2020.5144
Read: 253 Downloads: 128 Published: 01 April 2020

H360 aims to provide a comprehensive picture of breast cancer management in Portugal by retrieving real-world data from 10 Portuguese hospitals and deriving a snapshot from the medical interpretation of evidence-based data to patient perspective on the quality and effectiveness of medical care provided. This article reviews evidence on breast cancer clinical practice and quality of care and disease management in Portugal. A review of evidence on breast cancer clinical practice and quality of care over the last 10 years was performed in PubMed using the query “Organization and Administration"[Mesh] AND "breast cancer"[All Fields] NOT “Review” [ptyp]. National cancer initiatives relevant for quality of care and national and international guidelines and consensus were analyzed. Retrieved results showed that breast cancer incidence is still increasing, including in Portugal. Studies investigating disease outcomes seek to derive improvements to clinical practice and better financial resource allocation. Setting performance measures (KPIs) in institutions treating cancer is not a reality in Portugal yet, but has potential to leverage the quality of clinical performance. A multidisciplinary approach within one health structure is also desirable. More investment in clinical (including academic) research is key to optimize the quality of care. Implementation of clinical practice guidelines (largely based on ESMO guidelines in Portugal) is crucial to improve patient outcomes. Not less importantly, quality of life is a treatment goal on its own in breast cancer care. Breast cancer remains a health challenge and a multidimensional, 360-degree appraisal, beyond the exclusively clinical perspective, may provide new insights towards an optimal patient-centered approach.


Cite this article as: Coelho S, Rego IB, Dionísio MR, Cavaco-Silva J, Semedo PM, Pavão F, et al. 360 Health Analysis (H360) – A Proposal for an Integrated Vision of Breast Cancer in Portugal. Eur J Breast Health 2020; 16(2): 91-98.

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