Education and training programs are conducted throughout the year. The annual SEER Advanced Topics for Registry Professionals Workshop provides training for all cancer registrars. Attendees complete cases prior to the Workshop and these cases are used to develop targeted training. These training programs focus on problem areas identified through quality control studies and cover changes introduced in data collection procedures.

Data Quality Profile (DQP)

The Data Quality Profile is a quality control tool which is generated annually for each SEER registry. This profile assesses the extent to which each registry provides data meeting certain contractual and other standards. For example, the DQP includes the percent of cases for which a specific data item is coded unknown and compares that result to the desired goal. Annual data are also subjected to trend analyses to identify areas needing improvement and to monitor outcomes from quality-oriented interventions. Registries with exceptional DQP results are recognized.

Information on additional methods is forthcoming.