Since 1982, the Radiotherapy Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) is carrying out a Quality Assurance program that includes the evaluation of the structure and human resources of 50 centers actively participating in protocols of clinical research in radiotherapy.
One or two site visits were made by a team of radiation physicists and physicians.
A detailed questionnaire was circulated to these radiotherapy centers to collect and update standardized figures on the status and activities of each center, to clarify some obscurities encountered during on-site visits, and to extend investigations to issues that were not addressed during local audits.
This article reports on departmental infrastructure, staff and equipment workload, and quality control procedures carried out by single institutions.
Large variations in equipment and staff are observed among participating centers.
Comparisons between data collected in the early 1980s and during a recent update show no difference in workload per megavoltage equipment and per simulator.
The number of cancer patients treated per year per radiotherapist seems to slightly diminish, especially in centers that experienced a considerable staff shortage a few years ago.
The most significant improvement is observed for the number of cases treated per year per member of the radiation physics team.
The radiographer's workload shows an opposit...
Mots-clés Pascal : Radiothérapie, Organisation santé, Qualité service, Contrôle qualité, Recherche scientifique, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme, Milieu hospitalier
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Radiotherapy, Public health organization, Service quality, Quality control, Scientific research, United States, North America, America, Human, Hospital environment
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Cote : 96-0212550
Code Inist : 002B26O. Création : 199608.