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Safety culture: Requires non-stop attention

17 September 2020

Recording →

Moderator: Debbie Gilley (IAEA)

Presenter: Sue Evans (The United States)

Date of broadcast: 17 September 2020, 3 pm CEST

About the webinar

A strong safety culture in radiotherapy is vital to ensure effective treatment and quality patient care. By upholding a high degree of professionalism and leading by example, organizations can build and maintain a robust safety culture. 

The webinar will focus on the components of safety culture, how we can foster safety culture, and how to respond to medical errors accordingly. By sharing her experiences and case studies in radiation oncology, Dr. Evans will show how everyone can contribute to fostering a strong safety culture by promoting respect, kindness, and responsibility for patients and colleagues. The webinar will also discuss how leaders have considerable influence on an organization’s safety culture via the priorities they set to achieve and the values they model. 

Safety Culture: Requires Non-Stop Attention is being organized on 17 September 2020 in celebration of the WHO’s World Patient Safety Day to enhance global understanding of patient safety and increase engagement in the safety of health care. 

Learning objectives

  1. To learn the aspects of a safety culture in radiotherapy, how to support a strong safety culture, and how to respond to medical errors accordingly.  
  2. To learn and understand the critical role of leadership in implementing and strengthening safety culture when using radiotherapy. 

About the presenter

Sue Evans

Dr. Sue Evans completed her medical school training at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA in 2001. She then went on to complete a residency in Internal Medicine there before her Training in Radiation Oncology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, where she was chief resident. She has served as the chair of the multidisciplinary quality assurance subcommittee with the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). She serves on ASTRO’s Clinical Affairs and Quality council. She is an executive editor for the journal Practical Radiation Oncology. Her interests in cancer care particularly include quality and safety, cognitive bias, comparative effectiveness, and patient communication. Her passion is in the care of patients with breast cancer, with a particular bent towards ways in which we can minimize side effects of treatment. She serves as an Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and is an associate director for the Residency Program.

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