A look back at 15 years of quality assurance in radiotherapy

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While they have some views on quality assurance procedures in their practices, radiotherapy professionals have been invited by the Nuclear Safety Authority to participate in a feedback seminar on this topic. Although they display a certain mastery of quality safety culture, these actors point out the dangers of red tape as well as documentary inflation that must be combated.

After fifteen years of regulatory provisions related to ensuring the quality of radiotherapy centers, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), on March 15, 2023, invited players in the field to provide their feedback.

Seminar dedicated to feedback from several years of quality assurance in radiotherapy centers

The event brought together nearly 250 radiotherapy professionals, institution representatives and ASN radiation protection inspectors who evaluated the benefits of procedures in radiotherapy centers to improve patient care pathways.

Representatives of these centers were capable Share their experience On the implementation of quality assurance systems, pre-risk analysis, feedback procedures of adverse events and change management. Also a question of the hopes raised by clinical peer reviews, which began to be piloted this year, as well as ways to evaluate innovative technologies and practices that have recently been launched.

Actions to combat routine and documentary inflation

Although health professionals in general do not have a taste for a culture of quality and safety, it must be said that for several years, players in radiotherapy departments have learned to internalize and restore it in an appropriate manner for the benefit of patients. This symposium also demonstrated the dangers of routine and impotence in continuous improvement initiatives, as initiatives were taken in a few centers to restore meaning and keep professionals interested in these sometimes restrictive methods.

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As for ASN oversight, it allows risk managers, according to the testimonies collected, to re-question quality safety procedures and find new ways of working to maintain collective dynamism. However, the limitations of the quality approach have also been highlighted, in particular the tendency to document inflation, which invites discipline actors to collectively ask questions about the simplification of these methods and the choice of indicators.

Bruno Bencki with ASN

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