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Using Qualitative Measures to Improve Quality in Radiation Oncology.
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PMID:  23042915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This article introduces the use of qualitative research techniques in the field of radiation oncology with respect to quality improvement initiatives. The qualitative techniques used in this research include field observations and in-depth, one-on-one interviews with radiation therapy technologists. The observations were conducted in a fast-paced academic institution. This high-pressure, high-throughput environment provided an interesting location for observation of behaviors, workflows, and areas of improvement. Qualitative research is a useful platform for formulating questions and addressing the environment on a larger scale. The information resulting from this research led to immediate changes that improved the efficiency and effectiveness of care provided to patients and identified future initiatives to improve patient safety and the timeliness of care provided. Overall, qualitative research proved to be an exceptional resource for identifying and evaluating a clinical department and demonstrated the usefulness of this method of research for future work.
Authors:
Amy S Harrison; Yan Yu; Adam P Dicker; Laura A Doyle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1555-824X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Med Qual     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9300756     Medline TA:  Am J Med Qual     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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