The Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery and Let’s Beat Bowel Cancer are proud to announce the receipt of a prestigious Collie Foundation grant.

This grant will provide the impetus to develop a new focus of research relating to ‘patient reported outcome measures’ (PROMs) that will directly connect with the department’s widely adopted colorectal neoplasia database. This philanthropic grant confirms the continuing importance of the colorectal research platform that has been built at Cabrini and the significance of directing innovative research into patient focussed and related outcomes.

The Cabrini Monash University Department of Surgery (CMUDS) has developed a powerful and effective research platform combining very high levels of clinical throughput – Cabrini is the highest volume treatment centre for bowel cancer in Victoria in both the public and private sector – with a mature and well established database. The database contains detailed information from over 2,500 consenting patients and the success of this database resulted in the publication of “The first 1000 patients on an internet-based colorectal neoplasia database across private and public medicine in Australia” (Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 2014). Success with this database model resulted in its uptake by the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) as its bi-national data model.

Whilst the focus of the department’s research during the first six years of the database has been on cancer related parameters such as survival, response to chemotherapy and other clinically important factors, we now wish to create a new focus of research relating to “patient reported outcome measures”. This is an important new arm of clinical research that allows reporting, by patients before, during and after treatment. It will include perception of their outcomes with quality of life measures and other functional measures such as return to work, their sense of wellbeing, sexual function, return to employment. CMUDS has been at the forefront of examining which measure or parameters are important to patients and which model would allow patients to self-report their outcomes via an iPad during the time of clinical consultation, with direct transfer of this data into the colorectal neoplasia database for statistical evaluation. Such a model, with linkage to the most successful colorectal neoplasia database in world literature, will be unique and incredibly powerful.

This new grant from the Collie Foundation will allow us to continue the department’s research platform in an expanded fashion, with an innovative new research tool and a focus on tailoring treatment options via evaluation of patient related outcome measures. Funding from the Collie Foundation of $40,000 will cover the purchase cost of iPads for the clinical contact areas at Cabrini hospital, and the modification of the database software to allow direct integration of patient related data. 

  • Collie Foundation