The PEDRO (pocketable electronic devices in radiation oncology) Project: How clinical practice is changing among young radiation oncologists

Berardino De Bari, Pierfrancesco Franco, Patrizia Ciammella, Andrea Peruzzo Cornetto, Daniela Greto, Carla Fundoni, Andrea Riccardo Filippi, Filippo Alongi

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Purpose. To evaluate the impact of mobile devices and apps on the daily clinical activity of young radiation oncologists. Methods. A web-based questionnaire was sent to 382 young (≥40 years) members of the Italian Association of Radiation Oncology (AIRO). The 14 items investigated the diffusion of mobile devices (smartphones and/or tablets), their impact on daily clinical activity, and possible differences perceived by the participants over time. Results. A total of 158 questionnaires were available for statistical evaluation (response rate 41%). Up to 75% of respondents declared they used an electronic device during their clinical activity. Conversely, 82% considered the impact of smartphones/tables on daily practice low to moderate. Daily device use increased significantly from 2009 to 2012, with high daily use rates rising from 5% to 39.9%. Fulfillment of professional needs was declared by less than 42% of respondents and compliance with app indications by 32%. Almost all physicians desired in 2012 a comprehensive website concerning a variety of apps covering radiation oncologists' needs. Conclusions. Mobile devices are widely used by young Italian radiation oncologists in their daily clinical practice, while the indications so obtained are not always followed. Nevertheless, it would be important to verify the consistency of information found within apps, in order to avoid potential errors that might be detrimental to patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e236-e242
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2014



  • Health apps
  • Healthcare
  • Internet
  • Mobile apps
  • Radiation oncology
  • Smartphones
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

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