Quality Assurance Guidance
Making sure the program and processes work
An early focus of CPQR was the development of guidelines and key quality indicators (KQIs) outlining the overarching organizational structures and processes that are required to assure high quality and safe radiotherapy. The current version of Quality Assurance Guidelines for Canadian Radiation Treatment Programs (QRT) is used by almost every radiation treatment program in Canada and is a benchmark in program improvement.
Recognizing the importance of this work, Accreditation Canada partnered with CPQR in 2014 to expand its Cancer Care Standards module to include key indicators for radiation treatment program quality and safety, which now includes aspects of the QRT guideline. Auditing against these new standards commenced in January 2017.
Evolution of QRT
|April 2011||CPQR releases the first version of Quality Assurance Guidelines for Canadian Radiation Treatment Programs|
|September 2013||A second version is released reflecting a comprehensive multi-stakeholder validation process using a modified-Delphi approach. The version assured that Key Quality Indicators were comprehensive, relevant, evidence based and measurable.|
|December 2015||A third version is released that reflects alignment with the new Accreditation Canada Cancer Standards.|
|March 2020||After undergoing an extensive pan-Canadian program audit, CPQR has released a fourth (and current) version. The new version reflects advancements in quality and safety activity in Canadian radiation treatment programs, provides new progressive indicator measures, 2 new key quality indicators to support optimal staffing of radiation treatment programs and the introduction of peer review of palliative radiotherapy plans.|
15 Minutes on Quality Assurance
The video was developed in partnership with CPQR an CARO to help support increased understanding and utilization of KQIs within Canadian radiation treatment centres. Need help getting accreditation ready? This is the tool for you!
Looking towards the future, CPQR will be working closely with CARO’s Quality and Standards Committee to enhance pan-Canadian compliance with both the QRT guideline and Accreditation Canada standards. Recognizing the culture shift that has resulted from its work, CPQR will also review the QRT guideline and its KQIs to further advance quality and safety practices in Canada.