Patterns of practice for safety-critical processes in radiation oncology in the United States from the AAPM safety profile assessment survey.
Eric C Ford, Derek Brown, Holly Donaldson, Anne Greener, Michael O'Neill, Steven Sutlief, Michael Woodward, Ellen Yorke, Peter Dunscombe
Pract Radiat Oncol | Published : 2015
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to report an overview of the patterns of practice for safety-critical processes in radiation oncology clinics in the United States. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The Safety Profile Assessment (spa.aapm.org), developed by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, was released in July 2013. It consists of 92 indicator questions designed to assess the safety and quality of radiation oncology operations. By December 2014, 114 surveys had been completed by clinics within the United States. This database was analyzed to identify those indicators of safety and quality performance with which there was the highest degree of compliance and those indicators with..View full abstract