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Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2001 Aug 10;121(18):2179-82.

[The radiotherapy satellite in Kristiansand--a model for Norwegian regional hospitals?].

[Article in Norwegian]

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Avdeling for medisinsk fysikk og teknikk Det Norske Radiumhospital 0310 Oslo. gunnarta@ulrik.uio.no

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

During the first decade of 2000, significant increase of radiotherapy capacity in Norway will take place, as the number of linear accelerators will increase from 24 to 36. In Norway, radiotherapy departments are traditionally located only in university hospitals. However, six of the new accelerators will not be installed in existing radiotherapy centres, but in small, new radiotherapy units, set up in selected county hospitals and organized as satellites of the university hospitals, in order to secure the treatment quality. The university hospital is responsible for both medical and technical standards in the satellite, while the county hospitals have the financial responsibility.

RESULTS:

The satellite model combines two important aspects of hospital management; treatment is geographically decentralized, while treatment quality is centralized. The first radiotherapy satellite was established in the town of Kristiansand in January 2001. We report our experience with this new concept in radiotherapy.

INTERPRETATION:

The satellite model should be evaluated also for other medical specialties within the university hospitals.

PMID:
11571996
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