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Volume 22, Number 5, 2017

Improving radiation oncology through clinical audits: Introducing the IROCA project

Maria Glòria Torras, Magdalena Fundowicz, Luisa Aliste, Esther Asensio, ... Julian Malicki

Summary:

As radiotherapy practice and processes become more complex, the need to assure quality control becomes ever greater. At present, no international consensus exists with regards to the optimal quality control indicators for radiotherapy; moreover, few clinical audits have been conducted in the field of radiotherapy. The present article describes the aims and current status of the international IROCA “Improving Radiation Oncology Through Clinical Audits” project. The project has several important aims, including the selection of key quality indicators, the design and implementation of an international audit, and the harmonization of key aspects of radiotherapy processes among participating institutions. The primary aim is to improve the processes that directly impact clinical outcomes for patients. The experience gained from this initiative may serve as the basis for an internationally accepted clinical audit model for radiotherapy.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2017; 22(5) : 408-414


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