Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
EDUARDO, Maria Bernadete de Paula and NOVAES, Hillegonda Maria Dutilh. Compliance with technical standards for radiological protection at radiation therapy services in São Paulo State, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, suppl.2, pp.S256-S267. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2004000800020.
Radiation therapy services provide essential therapeutic procedures for cancer, one of the main causes of population morbidity and mortality. Despite their importance in the health system and their potential risks due to the use of ionizing radiation, there are few studies on such services. We evaluated compliance with technical standards for radiological protection in radiation therapy services in São Paulo State, Brazil. Forty-nine services were studied in 2000 through interviews with technical staff. Typologies of performance profiles focusing on structure and process variables were constructed and services compared. Important differences were observed in the services' positions in the health care system, level of complexity, and geographic distribution, with better average performance in structural conditions but very inadequate performance in patient protection, indicating the need for more effective health surveillance.
Keywords : Neoplams; Radiotherapy; Radiation; Health Surveillance.