BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There is a widespread and increasing tendency to develop hospital performance indicators in the field of accreditation/certification systems and quality benchmarking. A study has been undertaken to develop a set of performance indicators for a typical radiotherapy Centre and to evaluate their ability to provide a continuous quality improvement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A working group consisting of radiation oncologists, medical physicists and radiation technologists under the coordination of experts in health technology assessment has elaborated a set of general indicators able to monitor performances and the quality level of a typical radiotherapy Centre. The work has been carried out through four steps: a preliminary set of indicators was selected; data on these indicators were collected in a number of Italian radiotherapy Centres and medical physics Services; problems in collection and analysis of data were discussed; a final set of indicators was developed. RESULTS: A final set of 13 indicators is here presented. They concern general structural and/or operational features, health physics activities and accuracy and technical complexity of the treatment. CONCLUSIONS: The indicators tested in a few Italian Centres of radiotherapy and medical physics Services are now ready to be utilized by a larger community.
Cionini, L., Gardani, G., Gabriele, P., Magri, S., Morosini, P.L., Rosi, A., et al. (2007). Quality indicators in radiotherapy. RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY, 82(2), 191-200.
|Citazione:||Cionini, L., Gardani, G., Gabriele, P., Magri, S., Morosini, P.L., Rosi, A., et al. (2007). Quality indicators in radiotherapy. RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY, 82(2), 191-200.|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Titolo:||Quality indicators in radiotherapy|
|Autori:||Cionini, L; Gardani, G; Gabriele, P; Magri, S; Morosini, PL; Rosi, A; Viti, V|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Rivista:||RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|