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Advanced practice radiation therapists: an Australian context

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Hilder, B, VanDam, P ORCID: 0000-0003-3341-6793 and Doherty, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0122-0123 2018 , 'Advanced practice radiation therapists: an Australian context' , Journal of medical radiation sciences , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.1002/jmrs.280.

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Abstract

The purpose of this scoping review is to examine the literature regarding thedevelopment, implementation, scope and extent of Advanced Practice RadiationTherapist (APRT) roles in Australia in peer reviewed journals, governmentreports, conference proceedings and reports. A search was undertaken ofPubMed, Web of Science and CINAHL, the ASMIRT website and, and GoogleScholar to identify relevant documents. Combinations of keywords withBoolean operators ((advanced practice) OR (advanced practitioner) OR(specialist)) AND ((radiation therapist) OR (radiation therapy)) were used.Online and physical searches were conducted between July 16 and 23 2017.Results were not date limited. The searches retrieved 352 after duplicates wereremoved with 46 remaining after filtering for eligibility criteria. Items consistedof journal articles, conference abstracts, presentation slides, onlinepresentations, State government and ASMIRT reports. A number of potentialand existing APRT roles were found in the identified articles, including imagereview, stereotactic, treatment review, breast localisation, palliative radiotherapy,brachytherapy, radiation engineering and urology. Despite reports indicatingthat radiation therapists in Australia have been concerned with professionaldirections since 2001, there is little evidence of formal progress towards definedAPRT roles. Several centres have implemented roles in a number of practiceareas. The success of APRT roles lies in the ability to demonstrate thatimplementation goals have been achieved and that patient care has improved.The literature suggests that this is occurring, however, the presented evidence isnot compelling.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hilder, B and VanDam, P and Doherty, K
Keywords: Advanced Practice Radiation Therapist, oncology, patient care
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of medical radiation sciences
Publisher: Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
ISSN: 2051-3909
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/jmrs.280
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Copyright 2018 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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