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Open Access Research article

Ten-year results of quality assurance in radiotherapy chart round

Bardia Taghavi Bayat1, Suki Gill2*, Shankar Siva2, Keen Hun Tai23, Michael Lim Joon2 and Farshad Foroudi23

Author affiliations

1 Bendigo Base Hospital, Bendigo, Australia

2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Locked Bag 1, A’Beckett Street, East Melbourne, VIC 8006, Australia

3 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

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Citation and License

BMC Health Services Research 2013, 13:148  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-148

Published: 23 April 2013

Abstract

Background

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) initiated a unique instrument to audit the quality of patient notes and radiotherapy prescriptions. We present our experience collected over ten years from the use of the RANZCR audit instrument.

Methods

In this study, the results of data collected prospectively from January 1999 to June 2009 through the audit instrument were assessed. Radiotherapy chart rounds were held weekly in the uro-oncology tumour stream and real time feedback was provided. Electronic medical records were retrospectively assessed in September 2009 to see if any omissions were subsequently corrected.

Results

In total 2597 patients were audited. One hundred and thirty seven (5%) patients had one hundred and ninety nine omissions in documentation or radiotherapy prescription. In 79% of chart rounds no omissions were found at all, in 12% of chart rounds one omission was found and in 9% of chart rounds two or more omissions were found. Out of 199 omissions, 95% were of record keeping and 2% were omissions in the treatment prescription. Of omissions, 152 (76%) were unfiled investigation results of which 77 (51%) were subsequently corrected.

Conclusions

Real-time audit with feedback is an effective tool in assessing the standards of radiotherapy documentation in our department, and also probably contributed to the high level of attentiveness. A large proportion of omissions were investigation results, which highlights the need for an improved system of retrieval of investigation results in the radiation oncology department.

Keywords:
Audit; Radiotherapy; Urology; RANZCR; Quality