An abstract of the study’s findings was presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) 59th Annual Meeting in September 2017, as well as published in ASTRO’s special journal issue of the meeting’s proceedings. A full manuscript of the study is expected to be produced and published at a later date.
Most ambulatory RO cases involved improper performance of treatment/procedure or wrong/unnecessary treatment/procedure with technical skill as the most likely contributing factor in both AMC and community hospitals cases. These results support the need for continuing initiatives to improve safety and decease litigation in radiation oncology.
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