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Table 1 Study participants' awareness and use of nationally available data sources.

From: Use of comparative data for integrated cancer services

   Aware of Use
Data source Characteristics No. participants % No. participants %
Cancer Waiting Times Database Times for patients referred by general practitioners as 'urgent' (216 hospitals) 68 100 66 97
Cancer Registry National linkage of cancer registration with death certificates 68 100 63 92
Hospital Episodes Statistics Routine data on NHS patients – 12 million episodes per year 67 98 45 66
Cancer Standards Peer Review One-off survey to assess standards in 110 cancer 'units' and 46 'centres' 64 94 40 58
National Cancer Patient Survey Sample survey of patients discharged from 172 acute hospital services 56 82 40 58
Minimum Dataset for Palliative Care Staffing and activity of palliative services 49 72 19 27
Healthcare Commission Acute Hospital Portfolio Staffing and facilities in 188 NHS hospital trusts 41 60 8 12