Introduction Clinical practice guidelines based on best available evidence and national safety and quality standards promote high quality and safe care.

Aim To review and standardise systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) forms in a 20-chair cancer centre to reflect Australian and international clinical practice guidelines.

Method A pre–post audit design based on Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) guidelines for the safe prescribing, dispensing and administration of systemic cancer therapy underpinned the project. The pre-audit (47 forms) provided a benchmark for SACT form improvements: 177 new forms were then developed over 18 months and implemented.

Results Pre-audit: 9/19 criteria were >70% compliant with best practice guidelines. Post-SACT implementation audit: 15/19 criteria were >70% compliant. The recent 2018 audit: improvements shown in 18/19 criteria.

Conclusion This nurse-led multidisciplinary initiative effectively standardised SACT charts with best practice guidelines, potentially reducing serious medication errors and facilitating a high standard of multidisciplinary patient care.


anti-cancer therapy, prescription form, audit, pretest-posttest


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This article first published in The Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing. Online: https://journals.cambridgemedia.com.au/ajcn

Sims, F., Ross-Adjie, G., and Monterosso, L. (2020) Standardisation of systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) prescription forms: A pre-post audit evaluation. Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, 21(1), https://doi.org/10.33235/ajcn.21.1.4-8

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