Innovation in radiotherapy: going from good to better

Maria Josephina Gerarda Jacobs

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisExternal prepared

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This dissertation examined how Dutch radiotherapy centres perform in terms of innovation implementation and whether there is room for further improvement.

It was concluded that while Dutch radiotherapy centres were indeed innovative, certain improvements were possible. Major discrepancies were detected between the various centres and not all treatment innovations could be scientifically evaluated on all relevant output dimensions for implementation. In addition, an evaluation of patient-related output data was not possible in some cases. This dissertation also found that previously implemented organisational innovations in the literature were limited in terms of their scope and were not backed by sufficient scientific evidence. Improvements can also be made with regard to the translation from research to practice. This dissertation includes several recommendations for further improvements.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Merode, Frits, Supervisor
  • Lambin, Philippe, Supervisor
  • Boersma, Liesbeth, Supervisor
Award date22 Jun 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978-94-6295-681-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • radiotherapy centres
  • innovation
  • evaluation
  • improvement points


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