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  • Radiology in Public Focus

    Press releases were sent to the medical news media for the following articles appearing in a recent issue of Radiology.

    September 1, 2017

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    Radiologists Seek Greater Involvement in Patient Care

    Despite constraints of time and workload, radiologists are looking for ways to become more directly involved in the care of their patients, according to the findings of a recent survey of radiologists published in Radiology.

    Communication between patients and radiologists is a key element of patient-centered care, a major focus of the RSNA for more than a decade. Such care, which focuses on the patient’s needs and preferences, is fundamental to radiology’s shift from a volume- to a value-based system.

    Engaging with patients via social media and moving radiology reading rooms into the clinic present opportunities to help bridge the divide between radiologists and patients, researchers said.

    “Patient-centered radiology is a lot more than giving results to patients,” said study lead author Jennifer L. Kemp, MD, from Diversified Radiology in Denver. “There are many other things we can do within the continuum of patient care, from scheduling all the way through billing, to improve the patient’s experience.”

    Dr. Kemp and colleagues from the RSNA Patient-Centered Radiology Steering Committee surveyed RSNA members on various aspects of patient-centered radiology. Of the 694 respondents, 611, or 89 percent, agreed that promoting awareness of radiology’s role in patients’ overall healthcare is important to how they practice.

    However, only 31 percent of radiology practices regularly promote awareness of radiology’s role in patients’ overall healthcare. Only 21 percent of respondents said their radiology practices commonly deliver imaging results to patients in person. The majority of respondents — 421, or 73 percent — reported that time and/or workload frequently prevented them from communicating directly with patients, which potentially hampers both optimal patient-centered care and radiologist satisfaction.

    Dr. Kemp noted that social media offers busy radiology practices one avenue to direct communication with patients.

    “Social media is where our patients are these days and where they get a lot of their medical information,” Dr. Kemp said.

    Radiologists could also consider better integration into clinical practice settings by moving radiology reading rooms into patient clinics.

    Media Coverage of RSNA

    Radiology Aug 2016 cover

    In April, 348 RSNA-related news stories were tracked in the media. These stories had an estimated audience reach of 333 million.

    Coverage included The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Finance, WGN-AM (Chicago), Houston Chronicle, Philly.com, ScienceDaily, San Francisco Chronicle, HealthDay, Auntminnie.com, Drugs.com, Diagnostic Imaging and Health Imaging & IT.

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