Restructuring Skin Cancer Care in Ontario: A Provincial Plan Journal Articles uri icon

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  • There is a global rise in skin cancer incidence, resulting in an increase in patient care needs and healthcare costs. To optimize health care planning, costs, and patient care, Ontario Health developed a provincial skin cancer plan to streamline the quality of care. We conducted a systematic review and a grey literature search to evaluate the definitions and management of skin cancer within other jurisdictions, as well as a provincial survey of skin cancer care practices, to identify care gaps. The systematic review did not identify any published comprehensive skin cancer management plans. The grey literature search revealed skin cancer plans in isolated regions of the United Kingdom (U.K.), National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for skin cancer quality indicators and regional skin cancer biopsy clinics, and wait time guidelines in Australia and the U.K. With the input of the Ontario Cancer Advisory Committee (CAC), unique definitions for complex and non-complex skin cancers and the appropriate cancer services were created. A provincial survey of skin cancer care yielded 44 responses and demonstrated gaps in biopsy access. A skin cancer pathway map was created and a recommendation was made for regional skin cancer biopsy clinics. We have created unique definitions for complex and non-complex skin cancer and a skin cancer pathways map, which will allow for the implementation of both process and performance metrics to address identified gaps in care.


  • Heller, Barbara
  • Knight, Gregory
  • Nijhawan, Navdeep
  • Milkovich, John
  • Hanna, Tim
  • Nessim, Carolyn
  • Petrella, Teresa M
  • Weatherhead, Louis
  • Chan, An-Wen
  • Irish, Jonathan C
  • Murray, Christian
  • Bannerman, Grace
  • Holloway, Claire
  • Forster, Katharina
  • Pazzano, Laura
  • Wright, Frances C

publication date

  • March 12, 2021