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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776675/risk-factors-for-near-miss-events-and-safety-incidents-in-pediatric-radiation-therapy
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Nimrah Baig, Jiangxia Wang, Shereef Elnahal, Todd McNutt, Jean Wright, Theodore DeWeese, Stephanie Terezakis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Factors contributing to safety- or quality-related incidents (e.g. variances) in children are unknown. We identified clinical and RT treatment variables associated with risk for variances in a pediatric cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using our institution's incident learning system, 81 patients age ≤21 years old who experienced variances were compared to 191 pediatric patients without variances. Clinical and RT treatment variables were evaluated as potential predictors for variances using univariate and multivariate analyses...
May 15, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772077/a-feature-alignment-score-for-online-cone-beam-ct-based-image-guided-radiotherapy-for-prostate-cancer
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Catriona Hargrave, Timothy Deegan, Michael Poulsen, Tomasz Bednarz, Fiona Harden, Kerrie Mengersen
PURPOSE: To develop a method for scoring online cone-beam CT (CBCT)-to-planning CT image feature alignment to inform prostate image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) decision-making. The feasibility of incorporating volume variation metric thresholds, predictive of delivering planned dose into weighted functions, was investigated. METHODS: Radiation therapists and radiation oncologists participated in workshops where they reviewed prostate CBCT-IGRT case examples and completed a paper-based survey of image feature matching practices...
May 17, 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764105/what-factors-do-allied-health-take-into-account-when-making-resource-allocation-decisions
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Haylee Lane, Tamica Sturgess, Kathleen Philip, Donna Markham, Jennifer Martin, Jill Walsh, Wendy Hubbard, Terry Haines
BACKGROUND: Allied health comprises multiple professional groups including dietetics, medical radiation practitioners, occupational therapists, optometrists and psychologists. Different to medical and nursing, Allied health are often organized in discipline specific departments and allocate budgets within these to provide services to a range of clinical areas. Little is known of how managers of allied health go about allocating these resources, the factors they consider when making these decisions, and the sources of information they rely upon...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745472/advanced-practice-radiation-therapists-an-australian-context
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Bronwyn Hilder, Pieter VanDam, Kathleen Doherty
The purpose of this scoping review is to examine the literature regarding the development, implementation, scope and extent of Advanced Practice Radiation Therapist (APRT) roles in Australia in peer reviewed journals, government reports, conference proceedings and reports. A search was undertaken of PubMed, Web of Science and CINAHL, the ASMIRT website and, and Google Scholar to identify relevant documents. Combinations of keywords with Boolean operators ((advanced practice) OR (advanced practitioner) OR (specialist)) AND ((radiation therapist) OR (radiation therapy)) were used...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29687618/demographic-predictors-of-emotional-intelligence-among-radiation-therapists
#5
Trakis Stami, Fernandez Ritin, Parrish Dominique
INTRODUCTION: Contemporary health care services are more productive and successful when their health professionals have emotional intelligence (EI). The objective of this study was to explore the demographic predictors of EI among radiation therapists working in cancer care centres in NSW, Australia. METHODS: Data were collected using a cross-sectional self-administered survey. Emotional intelligence was measured using the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire- Short version (TEIQue - SF)...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609820/dosimetry-perspectives-in-radiation-synovectomy
#6
Iftikhar Ahmad, Hasan Nisar
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that can potentially damage the synovial joints. One of the effective treatment modality for RA is radiation synovectomy (RSV) where properly selected radionuclide is injected into the joint space, enabling controlled destruction of diseased synovial membrane via radiation exposure. Radiation dosimetry in RSV appears challenging due to the heterogeneous nature of synovial membrane, nonuniform distribution and leakage of radionuclide from the synovial cavity...
March 2018: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29594252/learning-radiation-oncology-in-europe-results-of-the-estro-multidisciplinary-survey
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Jean-Emmanuel Bibault, Pierfrancesco Franco, Gerben R Borst, Wouter Van Elmpt, Daniela Thorwhart, Maximilian P Schmid, Kasper M A Rouschop, Mateusz Spalek, Laura Mullaney, Kathrine Røe Redalen, Ludwig Dubois, Christine Verfaillie, Jesper Grau Eriksen
Introduction: Radiotherapy education can be very different across Europe, despite the publication of the ESTRO core curricula in 2011. The purpose of the current study is to map the different RO European education systems, to report their perceived quality and to understand what could be improved to better teach RO. Methods: An online survey consisting of 30 questions was sent to RO professionals under 40 years of age via email and social media. Clinicians, radiobiologists, physicists and radiation therapists (RTTs) were invited to answer questions regarding (1) demographics data, (2) duration, (3) organization, (4) content, (5) quality and potential improvements of national education programs...
February 2018: Clinical and Translational Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29587867/group-consensus-peer-review-in-radiation-oncology-commitment-to-quality
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W Neil Duggar, Rahul Bhandari, Chunli Claus Yang, Srinivasan Vijayakumar
BACKGROUND: Peer review, especially prospective peer review, has been supported by professional organizations as an important element in optimal Radiation Oncology practice based on its demonstration of efficacy at detecting and preventing errors prior to patient treatment. Implementation of peer review is not without barriers, but solutions do exist to mitigate or eliminate some of those barriers. METHODS: Peer review practice at our institution involves three key elements: new patient conference, treatment planning conference, and chart rounds...
March 27, 2018: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29548553/interventional-radiation-oncology-iro-transition-of-a-magnetic-resonance-simulator-to-a-brachytherapy-suite
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Roberta Anderson, Elwood Armour, Courtney Beeckler, Valerie Briner, Amanda Choflet, Andrea Cox, Amanda N Fader, Marie N Hannah, Robert Hobbs, Ellen Huang, Marilyn Kiely, Junghoon Lee, Marc Morcos, Paige E McMillan, Dave Miller, Sook Kien Ng, Rashmi Prasad, Annette Souranis, Robert Thomsen, Theodore L DeWeese, Akila N Viswanathan
PURPOSE: As a core component of a new gynecologic cancer radiation program, we envisioned, structured, and implemented a novel Interventional Radiation Oncology (IRO) unit and magnetic resonance (MR)-brachytherapy environment in an existing MR simulator. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We describe the external and internal processes required over a 6-8 month time frame to develop a clinical and research program for gynecologic brachytherapy and to successfully convert an MR simulator into an IRO unit...
May 2018: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29516649/vert-a-virtual-clinical-environment-enhances-understanding-of-radiation-therapy-planning-concepts
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Aidan Leong, Patries Herst, Paul Kane
INTRODUCTION: The ability to understand treatment plan dosimetry and apply this understanding clinically is fundamental to the role of the radiation therapist. This study evaluates whether or not the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) contributes to teaching treatment planning concepts to a cohort of first-year radiation therapy students. METHODS: We directly compared a custom-developed VERT teaching module with a standard teaching module with respect to the understanding of treatment planning concepts using a cross-over design...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29474100/cervical-myelopathy-causing-numbness-and-paresthesias-in-lower-extremities-a-case-report-identifying-the-cause-of-a-false-positive-sharp-purser-test
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Cody J Mansfield
INTRODUCTION: The patient was referred to an outpatient physical therapy clinic for lumbar radiculopathy by a primary care physician and subsequently referred for imaging due to suspicion of cervical myelopathy. The case highlights the clinical reasoning of the physical therapist differentiating between lumbar stenosis, cervical myelopathy, and upper cervical instability. To the author's knowledge, this is the only case report in the literature to describe the mechanism that could underpin a false positive Sharp-Purser test (SPT)...
February 23, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449770/adverse-events-following-cervical-manipulative-therapy-consensus-on-classification-among-dutch-medical-specialists-manual-therapists-and-patients
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Hendrikus A Kranenburg, Sandra E Lakke, Maarten A Schmitt, Cees P Van der Schans
Objectives: To obtain consensus-based agreement on a classification system of adverse events (AE) following cervical spinal manipulation. The classification system should be comprised of clear definitions, include patients' and clinicians' perspectives, and have an acceptable number of categories. Methods: Design : A three-round Delphi study. Participants : Thirty Dutch participants (medical specialists, manual therapists, and patients) participated in an online survey...
December 2017: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435836/oral-and-dental-health-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients
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Joel B Epstein, Andrei Barasch
A diagnosis of head and neck cancer (HNC) is typically followed by therapy that is associated with immediate and long-lasting toxic consequences. HNC patients' oral health needs may be complex and are best addressed in multidisciplinary collaborative teams including surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, dental providers, nutrition, speech/swallow specialists, and physical therapists. Oral health maintenance also requires patient compliance and caregiver support. The role of dental providers begins prior to cancer diagnosis and continues through survivorship...
2018: Cancer Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29406836/differential-diagnosis-in-a-patient-presenting-with-both-systemic-and-neuromusculoskeletal-pathology-resident-s-case-problem
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Evan J Petersen, Stephanie M Thurmond
Study Design Resident's case problem. Background Patients presenting with multiple symptomatic areas pose a diagnostic challenge for the physical therapist. Though musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal symptoms typically present separately, they can occur simultaneously and mimic each other. Consequently, the ability to differentiate between musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal symptoms is an important skill for physical therapists. The purpose of this resident's case problem was to describe the clinical-reasoning process leading to medical and physical therapy management of a patient presenting with upper and lower back pain, bilateral radiating arm and leg pain, and abdominal pain...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29397212/real-time-whole-brain-radiation-therapy-a-single-institution-experience
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Anh H Le, Strahinja Stojadinovic, Robert Timmerman, Hak Choy, Romona L Duncan, Steve B Jiang, Arnold Pompos
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the feasibility of a real-time whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) workflow, taking advantage of contemporary radiation therapy capabilities and seeking to optimize clinical workflow for WBRT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We developed a method incorporating the linear accelerator's on-board imaging system for patient simulation, used cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) data for treatment planning, and delivered the first fraction of prescribed therapy, all during the patient's initial appointment...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29357904/implementation-of-patient-pagers-in-radiation-oncology-waiting-rooms-for-patient-privacy-and-satisfaction
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Tasneem Kaleem, Daniel Miller, Mark R Waddle, Maresciel Yanez, Bonita Gianforti, Steven Buskirk
OBJECTIVE: In order to improve privacy, quality, and coordination of care, a patient pager system was introduced to notify patients of daily treatment in the Department of Radiation Oncology. One hundred patients undergoing daily radiation therapy prospectively participated in a six-question survey addressing the paging service, privacy prior to pager use, and demographics. Twelve radiation therapists also participated in a survey addressing privacy and workflow. RESULTS: Survey results from all patient participants revealed that convenience, privacy, ease of use, desire for use for consults and return visits were highly rated as very good to excellent...
January 22, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341295/sustainability-of-the-australian-radiation-oncology-workforce-a-survey-of-radiation-therapists-and-radiation-oncology-medical-physicists
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Georgia K B Halkett, Melissa N Berg, Lauren J Breen, David Cutt, Michael Davis, Martin A Ebert, Desley Hegney, Michael House, Rachel Kearvell, Leanne Lester, Sharon Maresse, Jan McKay
This study aimed to determine and compare Radiation Therapists' (RTs') and Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists' (ROMPs') perspectives about their profession and workplace, satisfaction with career progression opportunities, and leaving the current workplace. RTs and ROMPs who were currently or had previously worked in Australia were invited to complete an online survey. Univariate and multivariate methods were used for analysis. Participants were 342 RTs and 112 ROMPs with estimated response rates of 14% and 26% respectively...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329998/common-error-pathways-seen-in-the-ro-ils-data-that-demonstrate-opportunities-for-improving-treatment-safety
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Gary Ezzell, Bhisham Chera, Adam Dicker, Eric Ford, Louis Potters, Lakshmi Santanam, Sheri Weintraub
PURPOSE: The Radiation Oncology Incident Learning System (RO-ILS) receives event reports from facilities across the country. This effort extracted common error pathways seen in the data. These pathways, expressed as fault trees, demonstrate the need for, and opportunities for, preventing these errors and/or limiting their propagation to treatment. METHODS AND MATERIALS: As of the third quarter of 2016, 2344 event reports had been submitted to RO-ILS and reviewed...
March 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221676/prospective-medical-analysis-of-radiation-therapist-image-repositioning-during-image-guided-radiotherapy
#19
O Lauche, F Castan, H de Forges, C Guillaumon, S Gourgou, P Fenoglietto, N Aillères, D Azria, O Riou
PURPOSE: Radiation oncologists are responsible for deciding which day-to-day variations are acceptable or not in the treatment setup. However, properly qualified and trained radiation therapists might be capable to perform image registration. We evaluated in our centre the capability and accuracy of radiation therapists to validate positioning images in a prospective study. METHODS AND PATIENTS: A total of 84 patients treated for prostate, head and neck, lung or breast cancer was prospectively and randomly included from July 2011 to July 2013 in radiotherapy unit of our institution...
February 2018: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150313/safety-practices-perceptions-and-behaviors-in-radiation-oncology-a-national-survey-of-radiation-therapists
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Kristina Demas Woodhouse, David Hashemi, Kathryn Betcher, Abigail Doucette, Allison Weaver, Brian Monzon, Seth A Rosenthal, Neha Vapiwala
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy is complex and demands high vigilance and precise coordination. Radiation therapists (RTTs) directly deliver radiation and are often the first to discover an error. Yet, few studies have examined the practices of RTTs regarding patient safety. We conducted a national survey to explore the perspectives of RTTs related to quality and safety. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In 2016, an electronic survey was sent to a random sample of 1500 RTTs in the United States...
January 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
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