Health Services Research (HSR) and Health Economics in Radiation Oncology (HERO)  


Online Course - starting date 

  • By 7 November: release of the pre-course recorded lectures
  • 21 November:  online interactive virtual meeting

Course directors

Y. Lievens (BE) and E. Zubizarreta (AT) 

Course aim  

The general objectives of healthcare are to ascertain quality, availability, accessibility and efficiency of care. In an era of tight healthcare budgets, all these aspects are more than ever relevant.  

Besides the slow transition of clinical eviden

ce into daily practice due to patient and physician factors, the limited availability of resources - often consequence of socio-economic factors - may be limiting access to healthcare, especially to innovative treatments that typically come with a higher cost. Accurately estimating the cost of new radiation treatments remains a challenge but it is required as a first step to determine their cost-effectiveness (i.e. efficiency), hence acceptability, from a societal perspective. To do so, economic evaluations are performed, balancing their additional costs to their expected clinical benefits, compared to standard-of-care. In addition, budget impact analyses define whether the introduction of new interventions in daily practice is affordable, now, and in the future. Value also weighs costs and outcomes, however, puts the patient, and the outcome most favoured by the patient, in the centre of the equation.  

All these aspects are part of a broader health technology assessment program that should endorse the uptake of established and valuable new interventions by the healthcare system, hence support their reimbursement. 

Learning Objectives  

To provide understanding of: 

•       The availability and accessibility of radiotherapy services and resources; 

•      The needs of radiotherapy, both in terms of number of treatments delivered as of resources required to deliver these treatments; 

•       How radiotherapy resource costs are calculated; 

•      How costs relate to reimbursement and how the reimbursement system can drive practice; 

•       Economic evaluations, with a focus on the context of radiotherapy; 

•       Budget impact analysis, with a focus on the context of radiotherapy; 

•       How investment cases can be developed for radiotherapy; 

•       What value-based healthcare means for radiotherapy; 

 

To facilitate: 

•       Networks between radiation oncology professionals interested in different aspects of health services research 

Who should attend 
Radiation oncologists, medical physicists, RTTs with an interest of how health services research impacts the way we can deliver care to our patients; health economists and health services researchers with an interest in oncology and radiotherapy. 

Programme

Available here

Interaction between the tumor ecosystem (microenvironment) and radiation


Online Course - Starting date 

  • 2 November: pre-recorded lectures releasing
  • 16 November: 1h Webinar + Q&A
  • 17 November: 1h Webinar + Q&A


Course Directors

J. Bussink (NL), U. Gaipl (DE) and Heidi Lyng (NO)

Course aim

To become acquainted with how radiation impacts the tumor and its microenvironment and the subsequently responses

Learning objectives

Participants will obtain knowledge on cellular and molecular processes in tumor cells and cells of the tumor microenvironment that are jolted by radiation. Also, the consecutive direct or indirect modulation of the tumor microenvironment and systemic responses and the final consequences for anti-tumor immunity and immune modulation as well as tissue side reactions will be reviewed.

Who should attend?

Radiobiologists, Clinicians, Physicists, Technicians

Programme

Available here.

Research for RTTs


Online course - Starting date 

  •  2 November: Start of the virtual pre-meeting. Format and teaching method to be confirmed.


Course directors

A. Duffton (UK) and Y. Tsang (UK)

Course aim

The course is directed at RTTs and professionals either interested in developing research expertise, or/and leading research teams. Aspects covered will include study design, through to analysis and dissemination of projects. The course will allow networking with other RTTs research active in research and encourage future collaborations. This pre-meeting course aims to enable attendants:

  • To learn how to develop and lead an initial clinical research idea into a successful project, with scientific output.
  • To evaluate the current trends of radiotherapy research and discuss potential challenges and bottlenecks for future research opportunities.
  • To adopt a critical approach of how to dissertate research findings (such as manuscript writing and research grant applications).

Learning objectives

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the quality of radiotherapy research concerning novelty, feasibility, potential impact and clinical relevance.
  • Effectively discuss research ideas/projects with colleagues to maximise scientific value.
  • Discuss current trends and research opportunities in radiotherapy/related technical fields.

Who should attend?

  • RTTs who are early starters in research (including MSc students). Possibly, but not necessarily, they have relevant clinical experience outside research.
  • RTTs who want to develop research skills
  • RTTs who want to be more involved in research.

Programme

The programme will be available soon.