Long before any other medical specialty, radiation oncologists, strongly helped by their colleague medical physicists, seriously invested in structural quality control measures. Noteworthy are for instance these initiatives:
- The presence of a radiation oncologist and a medical physicist during all treatments;
- The nation-wide use of advanced 'record and verify' informatics systems to automate data transfer and the trace exactly what has been done on what patient;
- Participation prospective egistries to obtain structured data on obtained results, e.g. the 2013 convention on stereotactic radiotherapy and other advanced radiation techniques;
- A reimbursement system that actively stimulates the use of quality-improving techniques. The new version of the reimbursement system ('nomenclature') goes further in this philosophy;
- The widespread use of state-of-the art technology, with very high percentages of patients treated with the more advanced techniques like IMRT and IGRT;
- The investment in new technology for stereotactic radiotherapy;
- The enthusiastic participation in hundreds of multidisciplinary teams and conversations all over the country, assisting medical oncologists and organ specialists in finding more effective and better tolerated treatments;
- National collaboration programs led by the 'college of radiotherapy' aiming at increasing quality in a specific frequently performed treatment. After a 'Procare' project for rectal cancer, a 'Procab' project on breast cancer was launched in 2013;
- Hosting renowned international organisations active in (radiation)oncology on Belgian soil, and being member of these organisations (Belgians are well represented as members in organisations like ESTRO, EORTC, ECCO, ...);
- Offering young radiation oncologists in training the possibility to take part in a comprehensive national training system, organised during Saturday courses. On top of these courses, residential seminars are offered avoiding that individual departments should have to organize this training in a more limited way locally;
- Participating in medical research;
- With support from the federal government, the installation of a quality control unit in all departments, led by a quality control manager;
- The preparation of a national reporting system for accidents and incidents;
- ... And many other initiatives!
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