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  • Patient Focus

    July 1, 2017

    RSNA’s Newest Vignette Instructs on “Communicating Bad News”

    RSNA’s most recent Professionalism Vignette, “Communicating Bad News,” is now available at RSNA.org/Professionalism.

    Developed by the RSNA Professionalism Committee, the series of free educational vignettes on ethics and professionalism cover a wide range of topics that radiologists may encounter in their practice.

    “Communicating Bad News” offers radiologists practical tips on how to more effectively communicate with patients — particularly helpful for those who need to deliver results that may be difficult to hear.

    Each vignette includes several scenarios with embedded questions and potential responses. Explanations comprising the relevant principles of professionalism help users to assess the appropriateness of their choices. References are provided for further study.

    The vignettes are intended to raise awareness about the need for radiologists to incorporate professionalism into routine practice and to facilitate discussion of this core competency.

    The website also features RSNA’s Professionalism Education Toolkit, providing various journal publications, an online education course and additional professionalism and ethical behavior resources designed for radiologists.


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