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Quality assurance and quality control for radiotherapy/medical oncology in Europe: Guideline development and implementation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Oncology.
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Surgical Oncology, ISSN 0748-7983, E-ISSN 1532-2157, Vol. 39, no 9, 938-944 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The past two decades have brought tremendous changes to the practice of radiation oncology and medical oncology. To manage all the complexities related to the new technologies and the new drugs, the radiation and medical oncologists have to enhance their clinical action and professional skill profile. To accomplish this they have to find reliable tools in the quality of their medical practice and in future research activities. Quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) for radiation and medical oncologists mean to clarify the different components of the clinical decision, to supervise with proper methodology the required steps needed to accomplish the agreed outcomes and to control them. Quality for radiation and medical oncology means to supervise each clinical and technical component of the whole process to guarantee that all steps together will arrive at the final and best possible outcome. Key components are guidelines, specialization and a multidisciplinary approach. The research of global quality could represent a further complexity, but it is the best tool to give a perspective and a chance to further improvements of our disciplines and to promote better outcome in all cancer patients. 

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2013. Vol. 39, no 9, 938-944 p.
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Quality assurance, Radiotherapy, Medical oncology, Rectal cancer
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209935DOI: 10.1016/j.ejso.2013.06.011ISI: 000325046200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-209935DiVA: diva2:659995
Available from: 2013-10-28 Created: 2013-10-28 Last updated: 2013-10-28Bibliographically approved

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