Why do we sometimes fail to implement the best solution in the clinics? A new staff survey will reveal what obstacles are present – and make it easier to implement modern methods while phasing out old, outdated solutions.
Twelve of Sweden’s 15 radiotherapy clinics have begun to implement the new standardized Swedish nomenclature for external radiotherapy. Eight clinics have already fully implemented the nomenclature. A common nomenclature is a prerequisite for generating comparable national data.
A national quality registry for radiotherapy data is now established in Sweden. It opens an array of new opportunities to investigate the results of different treatment methods, to monitor side effects over the long term and to compare the equipment and techniques used in Sweden’s clinics.
The Swedish Testbed is designing a national system for automatic reporting of radiotherapy data to national quality registers. This includes creating the technical conditions for connecting various local and national database systems.
– This will allow studies to be less site-dependent and means we can instead work anywhere in Sweden, says Chief Physician Mattias Hedman, head of the Stockholm node of the Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy.
There is now a standardised Swedish nomenclature for radiotherapy. It provides the healthcare sector, researchers and companies with a common language. Uniform and comparable national data is thus created.
A survey is being developed to involve cancer patients in the process of improving the care provided during radiotherapy. The patient is involved in evaluating innovations.
The Swedish Testbed for Innovative Radiotherapy is developing a system for the automatic transfer of information on how patients are treated with radiotherapy to a database that can be linked to diagnosis-specific quality registers.
The testbed develops new methods for evaluating patient position and immobilization during radiotherapy treatment.