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Projects and Programs - Radiation Treatment Program
 

Prostate Brachytherapy Reimbursement Program

The Prostate Brachytherapy Reimbursement Program was established in 1999 with the goal of ensuring that hospitals are reimbursed for the cost of radioactive seeds that are used for brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer for eligible patients. To date, funding has been provided for more than 4,000 patients.

Physics Residency Program

The Physics Residency Program works to ensure that Ontario’s radiation cancer programs continue to have the necessary staff clinical physicists available to provide high quality and safe treatments, ensuring that these physicists are provided with specialized training in radiation physics to enable them to meet the needs of cancer patients treated with state-of-the-art radiation facilities.

Harold E. John's (HeJ) Medical Physics Studentship Program

The HeJ funding fellowship helps those pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in physics, medical physics, mathematics, chemistry or engineering science; and attracts interest in the field of medical physics and entrance into the Ontario cancer system.

Read more about Harold E. John's Medical Physics Studentship Program

Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist (CSRT) Project

The CSRT is a new role in healthcare to describe radiation therapists practicing at an advanced level after gaining advanced knowledge and skills. The Radiation Treatment Program oversees the implementation of this role in Ontario’s cancer centres through the CSRT Project.

Pilot project results show an overall positive impact of the CSRT positions on the participating regional cancer programs and services. We established the CSRT Integration Project to continue the permanent integration of the CSRT role into Ontario’s cancer care system.

Read more about Radiation Therapy Advanced Practice in Ontario

eOutcomes-H&N: Outcomes Data Collection in Head and Neck Cancer

Aligned with the Ontario Cancer Plan , which highlights the importance of improving patient outcomes, we are developing and implementing an application (called eOutcomes-H&N) to enable the secure collection of point-of-care outcomes data for patients with head and neck cancers in selected regional cancer centres. This project aims to capture outcomes data in a provincial, systemic way.

The key learnings and IT infrastructure developed as a part of this initiative will help us improve the way we collect and manage outcomes data for other types of cancer and cancer treatments.

Peer Review Quality Assurance

Peer Review Quality Assurance (QA) is the evaluation of components of a radiation treatment plan by a second radiation oncologist. All members of the radiation treatment team (radiation oncologist, medical physicist, radiation therapist) have a role in informing the peer review process. 

Peer review can help avoid medical errors by correcting deficiencies in a specific patient’s proposed treatment, and correcting the plan before treatment starts. Peer review QA processes are designed to ensure that the radiation treatment plan is safe and effective. Strong evidence exists for the value of peer review. For minimal effort, the positive effect on health outcomes is significant.

Communities of Practice

What is a Community of Practice?
The concept of Community of Practice (CoP) is relatively new. It has been defined as “a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis.”

(Source: Wenger 2002)

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are increasingly recognized by healthcare institutions as an important method to improve health outcomes and develop effective quality improvement initiatives.

4 Characteristics of a CoP

  • social interaction
  • knowledge-sharing
  • knowledge-creation
  • identity-building
CoPs are a feasible and effective approach to transfer knowledge, share best practices and ensure high-quality care.

The Radiation Treatment Program has established CoPs in these specialties:

  • Head and Neck
  • Gynecology
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Lung
  • Physics

IMRT External Collaborative Quality Assurance Program (CQA)

The goal of this program is to offer an Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) quality assurance service for all radiotherapy centers in Ontario, and provide a current status assessment of IMRT planning, delivery and performance. The benefit is a high standard of quality for IMRT planning and delivery across the province.

This program was first developed in 2009 by Princess Margaret Hospital’s Radiation Treatment Program and Cancer Care Ontario.

Last modified: Mon, Mar 24, 2014
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