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Title: Taxonometric Guidance for Developing Quality Assurance

A taxonomy is an ordered classification system. In error reduction analysis, an examination of the human failures that lead to an event often uses a taxonomy to classify the failures according to some aspect of their characteristics. These classifications provide insights into the forces that kept the persons involved from achieving their intended actions. They also can provide guidance for changing the situation to prevent failure in the future. For example, the corrective action would be different if a therapist pressed the wrong button because several buttons looked alike or they forgot which button to press. Different types of failures lead to particular types of remediation. Taxonomies can provide guidance in selecting between possible corrective actions.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Departments of Medical Physics, Human Oncology, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (United States), E-mail: thomadsen@humonc.wisc.edu
  2. Yuan Ze University, Taiwan (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21124257
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics; Journal Volume: 71; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: 2007 interorganizational symposium on quality assurance of radiation therapy: Challenges of advanced technology, Dallas, TX (United States), 20-22 Feb 2007; Other Information: DOI: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2007.04.099; PII: S0360-3016(07)04351-9; Copyright (c) 2008 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; CLASSIFICATION; ERRORS; FAILURES; PATIENTS; QUALITY ASSURANCE; RADIOTHERAPY; REMEDIAL ACTION; TAXONOMY