Medicine & Health Sciences

Research for the
Radiation Therapist

From Question to Culture

Editors: Caitlin Gillan, MRT(T) BSc, MEd, FCAMRT
Lisa Di Prospero, MRT(T), BSc, MSc
Nicole Harnett, MRT(T), ACT, BSc, MEd
Lori Holden, MRT(T), BSc, CCRP

Research for the <br>Radiation Therapist

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: February 2014
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781926895987
Pages: 416pp
Binding Type: hardbound

“A WELL-WRITTEN, ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE to clinical research. The chapters are well presented, engaging, and appealing to any medical radiation technologist wishing to participate in research. A truly collaborative piece of work that shines a light on the talented professional contributors whose work enhances their working environment is well highlighted. This book is A MUST HAVE FOR MEDICAL RADIATION TECHNOLOGISTS who are serious about enhancing their profession. . . . I found the book to be full of excellent advice with the case studies from practitioners giving the book an authenticity that will promote the use across medical radiation therapy practitioners . . . The book contributors are a veritable who’s who in the radiation therapy community and provide an excellent cross-sectional demonstration of examples of potential research.”
¬— Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences; reviewed by Fiona Mitchell, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

“An all-encompassing reference tool for radiation therapy students and radiation therapists. The chapters are well organized and well written, summarizing what for many can seem like an overwhelming amount of information. The 'Hot Tips' and 'Case Examples' skillfully highlight the critical points in the chapters and engage the reader in the practical application of the key concepts This book, written by radiation therapists for radiation therapists, and in fact for any healthcare professional embarking on a research path, provides the building blocks for evidence-based research ideal for research enthusiasts with varying degrees of experience. What an outstanding collaboration by members of our profession!”
—Ms. Marcia Smoke, Head of Radiation Therapy & Clinical Education Director, Juravinski Cancer Centre & Walker Family Cancer Centre, Hamilton, Canada

“The editors of this book are to be congratulated for their vision and leadership in putting this resource together, the first of its kind for radiation therapists by radiation therapists. It says a lot about how far the profession has come, and speaks volumes about the great things to expect in the future.”
—From the Preface by Pamela Catton, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, and Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Canada

“As a radiation therapist who has embarked on research projects over the years, I can only say I wish I had a copy of this book back then. The authors of the book have done a great job of covering the topic of research from many differing aspects, making the book appeal to a wide audience. The chapters are well presented and engaging. The inclusion of 'hot tips' and case studies will serve the radiation therapy community well. A truly collaborative piece of work that shines a light on the talented professionals who work in radiation therapy. A must-have for any radiation therapist who is serious about enhancing their profession.”
—Dr. Fiona Mitchell, Associate Dean of Diagnostics, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, Canada

“An important textbook for the profession. It is essential that we are undertaking evidence-based patient care, and this book is a much-needed resource for radiation therapists, aiding them to have the confidence and skills to undertake and participate in research projects. It is full of debate, case studies, and some really useful practical tips on how to achieve research in the clinical setting. This should be required reading for the whole profession.”
—Dr. Rachel Harris, Professional Officer for Research, The Society and College of Radiographers, London, United Kingdom

The profession of radiation therapy is evolving, and radiation therapists are contributing in new and important ways to research and academia.

This book provides a tangible resource for radiation therapists around the country, and even internationally, to aid them in their research and academic pursuits, helping them to navigate the unfamiliar world of research.

This new book addresses a wide range of topics, from the principles of evidence-based practice, to the process and dissemination of research, to unique considerations such as clinical trials, patenting, and health services research.

This book

  • covers all major research methodologies and focuses on the most relevant to radiation therapy research, such as surveys and clinical trials
  • includes illustrative case studies
  • includes a glossary of terms, focusing on research terminology and medical and technological abbreviations
  • includes resources, such as valuable websites, granting agencies, radiation medicine journals, etc.
  • addresses how to build a radiation therapy research program in a clinical department
  • presents a myriad of practical considerations such as research ethics applications, manuscript preparation, patenting, and intellectual property
  • and more

Section 1: Making a Case for Research
CHAPTER 1: Evidence-Based Medicine and the Scientific Method
Lori Holden
CHAPTER 2: Literature Reviews
Caitlin Gillan and Jacyln Jacques
Jaclyn Jacques MRT(T) BSc
CHAPTER 3: Research Proposals
Emily Sinclair, Craig Elith, and Tracey Rose
CHAPTER 4: Research Ethics Applications
Laura D‘Alimonte, Bonnie Bristow, and Rosanna Macri
Section 2: Methodologies
CHAPTER 5: Quantitative Methodologies and Analysis
Michael Velec and Shao Hui (Sophie) Huang
CHAPTER 6: Qualitative Methodologies and Analysis
Caitlin Gillan, Cathryne Palmer, and Amanda Bolderston
CHAPTER 7: Survey Methodologies and Analysis
Ruth Barker
Section 3: Unique Considerations in Research
CHAPTER 8: Clinical Trials
Lori Holden
CHAPTER 9: Health Services Research and Program Evaluation
Gunita Mitera, Kate Bak, Elizabeth Murray, and Eric Gutierrez
CHAPTER 10: Innovation and Invention
Colleen Dickie and Amy Parent
Section 4: Reporting Research
CHAPTER 11: Knowledge Dissemination: Value and Approaches
Katherine Jensen, Brian Liszewski, and Caitlin Gillan
CHAPTER 12: Preparing and Submitting a Manuscript for Submission
John French
Section 5: Research Culture
CHAPTER 13: Academia and Scholarship
Nicole Harnett
CHAPTER 14: Getting Started: Building a Research and Evidence-Based Culture
Lisa DiProspero and Carol-Anne Davis

About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Caitlin Gillan, MRT(T) BSc, MEd, FCAMRT
Radiation Therapist, Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto CANADA
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto CANADA

Caitlin Gillan, MRT(T), BSc, MEd FCAMRT, has been a radiation therapist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre since 2008, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the joint Medical Radiation Sciences program between the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and the University of Toronto in 2007, and completed her Master of Education in 2009. She served on the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) Board of Directors from 2009-2011, representing those early in their careers. She was also the Student Lead for the ISRRT World Congress and CAMRT Annual General Conference in Toronto in 2012.

Currently, as well as practicing as a clinical radiation therapist, Caitlin is the Project Manager for the Accelerated Education Program at the Princess Margaret. She is also the Associate Director of Curriculum for the Masters in Health Science in Medical Radiation Sciences (MHScMRS) program for radiation therapists at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include interprofessional education and practice in light of changing technologies.

Lisa Di Prospero, MRT(T), BSc, MSc
Manager, Research & Education, Radiation Therapy, Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto CANADA
Lecturer, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto CANADA

Lisa Di Prospero, MRT(T), BSc, MSc, is currently the Manager of Education and Research for Radiation Therapy at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a Lecturer in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree in biology at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Rainbow and graduated from the Toronto-Sunnybrook School of Radiation Therapy in 1996. Throughout her professional career, Lisa has held a number of appointments in both research and education. Previous to her current appointment, she was a Professor in the undergraduate Medical Radiation Sciences program at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences/The University of Toronto. She continues to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Lisa has authored and co-authored numerous articles and continues to mentor and coach both intra- and inter- professional colleagues. More recently, Lisa has been named the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences (JMIRS), an international, peer-reviewed journal. Her leadership style is transformative and she leads by the question of "why not?" Her academic, clinical and research interests include interprofessional education and curriculum development, clinical teaching models and creating a research culture for radiation therapists. Lisa currently serves on committees for both the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) and the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).

Nicole Harnett, MRT(T), ACT, BSc, MEd
Director, Graduate Programs, Medical Radiation Sciences Program & Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto CANADA

Nicole Harnett, MRT(T), ACT, BSc, MEd, is currently the Director of the Radiation Skills Lab at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Director of the Medical Radiation Sciences Graduate Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto. She has been involved in education for many years beginning as a radiation therapy clinical instructor and coordinator in Thunder Bay. Over the years, she has participated heavily in the evolution of radiation therapy education including the development of the joint BSc/Diploma program offered by the University of Toronto and the Michener Institute. Nicole coordinated the program upon implementation and eventually served as Dean of Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Most recently, Nicole co-led the development of a professional master's program for radiation therapists, which began in 2009, at the University of Toronto - the first of its kind in North America. Nicole also leads the educational initiatives within the Accelerated Education Program, including the IGRT and the QSRT Education Courses, at Princess Margaret Hospital. Nicole has been the Principal Investigator for the Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist Demonstration Project in Ontario since 2004 - a project funded by the provincial Ministry of Health investigating the potential impact of advanced radiotherapy practice on the radiation medicine enterprise.

Lori Holden, MRT(T), BSc, CCRP
Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist & Vice Chair, Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program/Bone Metastases Clinic, Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Univ. of Toronto

Lori Holden, MRT(T), BSc, MSc, began her work as a radiation therapist at the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre (Juravinski Cancer Centre), and in 1999, she transferred to begin employment at the Odette Cancer Centre (OCC) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, in Toronto. During her time at OCC, Lori has been responsible for the development and integration of new roles within the department such as the Palliative Radiation Therapist and the Research Radiation Therapist roles. In 2005, Lori was one of the initial select investigators for the Clinical Specialist Radiation Therapist project, and currently holds this full time position at the OCC, in the palliative field. She holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, as well as Associate Faculty Member, Institute of Medical Sciences, both at the University of Toronto. In 2006, she received her certification as a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) from the Society of Clinical Research Associates. In 2010, Lori was the recipient of the prestigious Schulich Award for Nursing and Clinical Excellence- one of only ten awarded annually. Currently she is the Vice Chair of the Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program/ Bone Metastases Site Group at OCC.

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