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survey will reveal what obstacles are present – and make it easier to implement modern methods while phasing out old, outdated solutions.
Even when a new product has been shown to be better than an existing product that is used in a clinic, sometimes obstacles are present that preclude either the ability or the interest of the clinic to adopt the new solution.
The companies that sell the solutions often find it difficult to understand the actual basis for these obstacles. Sometimes limited finances are blamed, even though the main reason may be lack of time, confusion concerning how the solution will be integrated into the clinic workflow, ambiguities about whether the solution really is better, lack of staff to implement the solution or similar reasons.
Consequently, companies are unable to adapt so that the product really can come to benefit patients. The product may need to be adapted, implementation clarified, or staff may need assistance to simplify the deployment process.
Personnel provide feedback
To clarify these bottlenecks, as part of the Positioning and immobilization subproject we are currently formulating a national staff survey to be used to assess new equipment for fixation and immobilization.
Personnel test the product and answer questions about implementation, ease of use and functionality.
The purpose is to allow various categories of radiotherapy staff around Sweden to test the new product and answer survey questions focusing on implementation, user friendliness and functionality from the staff point of view.
Paving the way for the best solutions
The hope is to lower the threshold between clinic and companies so that clinics throughout Sweden will be able to easily implement new, modern and sophisticated solutions – evaluated on a national basis – and phase out outdated methods and solutions.
It will become easier to introduce new sophisticated methods and phase out what is old and outdated.
This test procedure should also increase the potential to achieve national standardization since local solutions will be replaced with commercially available products.
Read more about the subproject positioning and immobilization.