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Title: Quality in radiation oncology

Abstract

A modern approach to quality was developed in the United States at Bell Telephone Laboratories during the first part of the 20th century. Over the years, those quality techniques have been adopted and extended by almost every industry. Medicine in general and radiation oncology in particular have been slow to adopt modern quality techniques. This work contains a brief description of the history of research on quality that led to the development of organization-wide quality programs such as Six Sigma. The aim is to discuss the current approach to quality in radiation oncology as well as where quality should be in the future. A strategy is suggested with the goal to provide a threshold improvement in quality over the next 10 years.

Authors:
;  [1]
  1. Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20951283
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: DOI: 10.1118/1.2727748; (c) 2007 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; DRUGS; NEOPLASMS; PATIENTS; QUALITY ASSURANCE; RADIOTHERAPY

Citation Formats

Pawlicki, Todd, and Mundt, Arno J. Quality in radiation oncology. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1118/1.2727748.
Pawlicki, Todd, & Mundt, Arno J. Quality in radiation oncology. United States. doi:10.1118/1.2727748.
Pawlicki, Todd, and Mundt, Arno J. Tue . "Quality in radiation oncology". United States. doi:10.1118/1.2727748.
@article{osti_20951283,
title = {Quality in radiation oncology},
author = {Pawlicki, Todd and Mundt, Arno J.},
abstractNote = {A modern approach to quality was developed in the United States at Bell Telephone Laboratories during the first part of the 20th century. Over the years, those quality techniques have been adopted and extended by almost every industry. Medicine in general and radiation oncology in particular have been slow to adopt modern quality techniques. This work contains a brief description of the history of research on quality that led to the development of organization-wide quality programs such as Six Sigma. The aim is to discuss the current approach to quality in radiation oncology as well as where quality should be in the future. A strategy is suggested with the goal to provide a threshold improvement in quality over the next 10 years.},
doi = {10.1118/1.2727748},
journal = {Medical Physics},
number = 5,
volume = 34,
place = {United States},
year = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Tue May 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}