Aim: Radiation therapy is a cornerstone of oncological treatment and oncological patients show greater risk of developing complications related to COVID-19 infection. Stringent social restrictions have ensured a significant reduction in the spread of the virus, but also gave rise to a number of critical issues for radiation oncology wards. For this reason, the Directors of the Radiation Oncology Departments (RODs) of Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise regions shared their experience and ideas in order to create a common document that may assist in facing the negative impacts of the pandemic on radiation oncology wards and patients. Patients and Methods: The study was conducted according to the Estimate-Talk-Estimate method. Five issues were proposed and rated. Among approved issues, statements were proposed anonymously, then harmonized and finally voted on according to a Likert scale from 1 to 9. Those for which an agreement of 7-9 was observed were finally approved. Results: The document was developed with 42 statements dealing about safety measures for patients and staff, organization of clinical and work activities, usage of Information Technology systems for meetings/smart working. An agreement was recorded for 34 statements. Conclusion: This document sets out some recommendations for RODs and can provide valuable management information for Oncological Radiotherapy wards.

Resilience in radiotherapy services during the COVID-19 emergency: collaboration between the regional radiation oncology departments of Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise / De Angeli, Martina; Anzellini, Dimitri; Arcangeli, Giancarlo; Bianchi, Pieromaria; Chiostrini, Cinzia; Ciabattoni, Antonella; Costa, Antonio M.; Del Bufalo, Sabrina; Deodato, Francesco; De Paula, Ugo; D’Ugo, Carlo; Fedele, Fabiana; Genovesi, Domenico; Gentile, Piercarlo; Gravina, Giovanni L.; Marmiroli, Luca; Mirri, Maria A.; Ramella, Sara; Rosetto, Maria E.; Santarelli, Mario; Tombolini, Vincenzo; Trodella, Lucio; Valentini, Vincenzo; Osti, Mattia F.; D’Angelillo, Rolando M.. - In: ANTICANCER RESEARCH. - ISSN 1791-7530. - 41:7(2021), pp. 3561-3565. [10.21873/anticanres.15143]

Resilience in radiotherapy services during the COVID-19 emergency: collaboration between the regional radiation oncology departments of Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise

VINCENZO TOMBOLINI;MATTIA F. OSTI
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Aim: Radiation therapy is a cornerstone of oncological treatment and oncological patients show greater risk of developing complications related to COVID-19 infection. Stringent social restrictions have ensured a significant reduction in the spread of the virus, but also gave rise to a number of critical issues for radiation oncology wards. For this reason, the Directors of the Radiation Oncology Departments (RODs) of Lazio, Abruzzo and Molise regions shared their experience and ideas in order to create a common document that may assist in facing the negative impacts of the pandemic on radiation oncology wards and patients. Patients and Methods: The study was conducted according to the Estimate-Talk-Estimate method. Five issues were proposed and rated. Among approved issues, statements were proposed anonymously, then harmonized and finally voted on according to a Likert scale from 1 to 9. Those for which an agreement of 7-9 was observed were finally approved. Results: The document was developed with 42 statements dealing about safety measures for patients and staff, organization of clinical and work activities, usage of Information Technology systems for meetings/smart working. An agreement was recorded for 34 statements. Conclusion: This document sets out some recommendations for RODs and can provide valuable management information for Oncological Radiotherapy wards.
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