Title Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology
Subtitle Implementing Tools and Best Practices for Patients, Providers, and Payers
Author Adam P. Dicker, Tim R. Williams, Eric C. Ford
ISBN 9781620700747
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 352
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher Demos Medical Publishing
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Quality and Safety in Radiation Oncology provides an authoritative and evidence-based guide to the understanding and implementation of quality and safety procedures in radiation oncology practice. A detailed exploration and review of these standards is a necessary part of a radiation oncology professional’s competency, both in the clinical setting and at the study table while preparing for board review and MOC exams. This book is also essential for other members of the radiotherapy team, including for medical physicists implementing procedures and working with wide-ranging technologies and equipment and for dosimetrists and radiation therapists tailoring and carrying out safe and effective treatment plans.

Chapter topics range from fundamental concepts of value and quality to specific technical consideration in the commissioning and use of equipment to the use of metrics to measure value. Chapters include perspectives on quality and safety from the patient, third-party payers, as well as from the federal government. Other chapters cover prospective testing of quality, training and education, error identification and analysis, incidence reporting, as well as special technology and procedures, including MRI-guided radiation therapy, proton therapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), quality and safety considerations in resource-limited environments, and more. Physicians, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists, nurses, hospital administrators, vendors and other health care professionals will find this resource an invaluable compendium of best practices in radiation oncology.


  • Case examples illustrating best practices and pitfalls
  • Dozens of graphs, tables and figures which help illustrate and quantify the discussion of quality and safety throughout the text
  • Part II covers essential aspects of quality and safety procedures for the medical physicist
  • Includes examples of checklists to support best practices





Part I. Basic Concepts in Quality, Value, and Safety (Tim R. Williams)

Chapter 1. Introduction to Concepts in Quality, Value, and Safety for Health Care Systems (Tim R. Williams and Alex Bastian)

Chapter 2. Defining Value, American Style (Alex Bastian, Yohan Cho, and Tim R. Williams)

Chapter 3. Defining Value in European Health Care Systems (Alex Bastian, Yohan Cho, and Tim R. Williams)

Chapter 4. Systems Engineering and Process Control (Ajay Kapur and Louis Potters)

Chapter 5. Error Prevention and Risk Management (Suzanne B. Evans and Derek Brown)

Chapter 6. Quality, Value, and the Assessment of New Technology (Ronald C. Chen, James R. Broughman, and
Jeff M. Michalski)


Part II. Quality in Radiation Physics (Eric C. Ford)

Chapter 7. Equipment and Software: Commissioning From the Quality and Safety Perspective (Indra J. Das and Aaron Andersen)

Chapter 8. Equipment, Software, and Techniques for Quality Assurance (Baozhou Sun and Eric E. Klein)

Chapter 9. Quality Considerations in External Beam Radiotherapy Simulation and Treatment Planning
(Eric C. Ford)

Chapter 10. Quality Considerations in Brachytherapy (R. Adam B. Bayliss and Bruce R. Thomadsen)

Chapter 11. Quality Considerations in Proton and Particle Therapy (Brian Winey, Benjamin Clasie, and Yuting Lin)

Chapter 12. Quality Assurance and Verification of Treatment (Bernard L. Jones and Moyed Miften)

Chapter 13. Plan Quality: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Kevin L. Moore)

Chapter 14. Special Procedures and Equipment (H. Harold Li, Michael B. Altman, and H. Omar Wooten)

Chapter 15. Individual Patient-Based Peer Review for Photon and Proton Therapy (Genevieve M. Maquilan, Henry K. Tsai, and Hiral P. Fontanilla)

Chapter 16. Technical Issues of Safety in a Resource-Limited Environment (Mary Coffey and Ola Holmberg)


Part III. Quality in the Clinical Practice Setting (Adam P. Dicker)

Chapter 17. Creating a Culture of Safety and Empowerment (Dennis R. Delisle and Nicholas A. Thompson)

Chapter 18. Clinical Testing of Quality and Safety Measures (Kevin L. Moore and Arno J. Mundt)

Chapter 19. Quality and Safety Training in Graduate Medical Education (Erin F. Gillespie, Derek Brown, and
Arno J. Mundt)

Chapter 20. Training: How to Teach Quality and Safety (Laura A. Doyle, Amy S. Harrison, and Yan Yu)

Chapter 21. Making Metrics Matter (Amy S. Harrison, Laura A. Doyle, and Yan Yu)

Chapter 22. The Patient Perspective on Quality and the Role of the Patient in Safety (Suzanne B. Evans and Sharon Rogers)

Chapter 23. The Impact of Incidents: Reporting, Investigating, and Improving (Jennifer L. Johnson and
 Suzanne B. Evans)

Chapter 24. Medical Error Disclosure (John Banja and Suzanne B. Evans)

Chapter 25. Error Identification and Analysis (Yan Yu, Laura A. Doyle, and Amy S. Harrison)

Chapter 26. Introduction and History of Patient Safety Organizations: The Formation of a National Safety Program (Tom Piotrowski)

Chapter 27. Quality Assurance and Safety Requirements for Clinical Trials (Ying Xiao, Stephen F. Kry, and
David S. Followill)

Chapter 28. Incident Learning Systems (Gary Ezzell, Stephanie Terezakis, and Courtney Buckey)

Chapter 29. Quality and the Role of the Dosimetrist and Therapist in Radiation Oncology (Joumana Dekmak and Kathy Lash)

Chapter 30. Quality and the Electronic Medical Record in Radiation Oncology (James Mechalakos and
Sonja Dieterich)

Chapter 31. Quality and the Third-Party Payer (Heather A. Curry)


Appendix: Quality Assurance and Patient Safety Checklists

Checklist for Peer Review Paper

External Beam Plan Checklist

Plan Checks and Pretreatment Physics Quality Assurance Checks

Checklist for Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Treatment

Time Out Checklist

Checklist of a Gamma Knife Perfexion Daily Quality Assurance Example

Checklist for Treatment Day Quality Assurance of Perfexion

Checklist for Gamma Knife Perfexion Pretreatment

Checklist for Treatment Delivery Quality Assurance of Perfexion Patients

Checklist for Gammamed HDR Treatment

Checklist for Commissioning



About the Editors:

Adam P. Dicker, MD, PhD

Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology

Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Tim R. Williams, MD

Medical Director, Radiation Oncology

The Lynn Cancer Institute

Radiation Oncology Department

Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Boca Raton, Florida


Eric C. Ford, PhD


Department of Radiation Oncology

University of Washington Medical Center

Seattle, Washington


Target Audience:

Radiation oncologists.


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