What is the degree of innovation routinely implemented in Dutch radiotherapy centres? A multicentre cross-sectional study

Maria Jacobs*, Liesbeth Boersma, Andre Dekker, Geert Bosmans, Frits Van Merode, Frank Verhaegen, Dirk De Ruysscher, Rachelle Swart, Cindy Kengen, Philippe Lambin

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Objective: To study the implementation of innovation activities in Dutch radiotherapy (RT) centres in a broad sense (product, technological, market and organizational innovations). Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 15 Dutch RT centres. A list of innovations implemented from 2011 to 2013 was drawn up for each centre using semi-structured interviews. These innovations were classified into innovation categories according to previously defined innovation indicators. Where applicable, each innovation was rated by each centre on the effort required to implement it and on its expected effects, to get an impression of how far reaching and radical the innovations were and to be able to compare the number of innovations between centres. Results: The participating RT centres in the Netherlands implemented 12 innovations per year on average (range 5-25); this number was not significantly different for academic (n513) or non-academic centres (n510). Several centres were dealing with the same innovations at the same time. The average required effort and expected output did not differ significantly between product, technological and organizational innovation or between academic and non-academic centres. Conclusion: The number of innovations observed per centre varied across a large range, with a large overlap in terms of the type of innovations that were implemented. Registering innovations using the innovation indicators applied in our study would make it possible to improve collaboration between centres, e.g. with common training modules, to avoid duplication of work.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20160601
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Issue number1067
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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