Quality indicators in the intensity modulated/image-guided radiotherapy era

P. Gabriele, A. Maggio, E. Garibaldi, C. Bracco, E. Delmastro, Domenico Gabriele, A. Rosi, F. J. Munoz, N. Di Muzio, R. Corvò, M. Stasi

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Abstract

Purpose To propose new Quality Indicators (QIs) for the Intensity Modulated(IMRT)/Image-Guided(IGRT) Radiotherapy techniques. Materials and methods Two structure, 10 process and 2 outcome QIs were elaborated. A working group including Radiation Oncologist, Medical Physicist and Radiation Technologists was made up. A preliminary set of indicators was selected on the basis of evidenced critical issues; the criteria to identify more relevant and specific QIs for IMRT/IGRT were defined; structure, process and outcome QIs were defined. The elaborated indicators were tested in four Italian Radiotherapy Centers. Results Fourteen indicators were proposed. Seven indicators were completely new while a new standard is proposed for four indicators based on Validation Centers (VC) data. No change was reported for 3 indicators. The indicators were applied in the four VC. The VC considered were able to respect all indicators except indicator 2 for one Center. Discussion and conclusion QIs may provide useful measures of workload and service performances. © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-61
Number of pages10
JournalCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Volume108
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • IMRT/IGRT
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality indicators
  • image guided radiotherapy
  • validation process
  • workload

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