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J Am Coll Radiol. 2019 Apr;16(4 Pt A):513-517. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.11.002. Epub 2018 Dec 22.

Snapshot of a Specialty: Results of the ABR 2016 Radiation Oncology Clinical Practice Analysis.

Author information

1
21(st) Century Oncology, Inc, Fort Myers, Florida; The American Board of Radiology, Tucson, Arizona. Electronic address: pwallner@theabr.org.
2
The American Board of Radiology, Tucson, Arizona.
3
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
4
Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah.
5
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.
6
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.
7
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, Tennessee.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Beginning in 2010, the ABR has administered triennial clinical practice analysis surveys to inform examination development volunteers and staff about the actual state of radiation oncology practice.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

As reported here, the 2016 survey was designed to provide objective data regarding actual patient volumes of specific disease sites and subjective insight as to the importance and relevance of site-specific therapy to individual practices.

RESULTS:

The survey instrument was circulated to 4,075 radiation oncologists listed in the membership database of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and responses were received from 690 (16.9%); a total of 287 (41.5%) self-identified as being in academic practice. Even in the academic setting, a majority (216 of 287, or 75.3%) indicated that they spend most of their time in clinical practice.

CONCLUSIONS:

Data from the survey are informative regarding changes in the practice of radiation oncology over the past 6 years.

KEYWORDS:

ABR; clinical practice analysis; radiation oncology practice; snapshot of radiation oncology

PMID:
30584037
DOI:
10.1016/j.jacr.2018.11.002

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