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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1469-1473

Audit of radiation oncology practice: Lessons from a new private hospital in Delhi, India

Department of Radiation Oncology, Manipal Hospitals HCMCT, Delhi, New Delhi, India

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Bidhu K Mohanti
KIMS Cancer Centre, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, K.I.I.T. University, Bhubaneswar - 751 024, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_87_21

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Aims: The objective of this audit was to analyze the radiotherapy (RT) practice in a newly established tertiary private hospital. With increasing radiation oncology (RO) facilities in private sector, this report is the first audit from a private health organization in India. Subjects and Methods: The audit of all consecutively registered patients in RO has focused to extract data from the time of RT simulation planning till the completion of RT course. The patient and disease characteristics,RT-related treatment factors and compliance were analyzed in-depth. Results: In this newly established RO department, the vendor-supplied equipment, e.g., RT planning system, treatment delivery (linear accelerator and brachytherapy), and RO information system (ROIS), are integrated with enterprise-wide hospital information system into unified paperless workflow management for the patient care records in a prospective manner. This analysis comprised consecutive 328 patients who consented for RT simulation and planning from April 20, 2018, to December 31, 2019. RT course compliance was 94.8% (311/328 patients), and treatment intent-wise: curative plus adjuvant in 60.2% and palliative RT in 36%. RT technique was conformal in all 100%, with volumetric arc radiotherapy (VMAT) delivered to 66.6% of patients. With overall median RT course duration of 29 days (range 1–81 days), the patients were delivered a median of 20 fractions. Conclusions: Compared to the previously published audit from an academic RO department in Delhi, this audit from a private hospital has shown (i) lesser waiting time, (ii) improved treatment compliance, (iii) utilization of higher techniques, and (iv) a lower duration of RT course.

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