Objective: To quantify the impact of direct patient-physician interaction within a nuclear medicine pretherapy consultation clinic on the patient experience. Methods: Patients were asked to complete a survey before and after meeting with the nuclear medicine physician. During each visit, the physician provided disease-specific information, discussed the planned therapy, answered questions, and provided tip sheets and checklists to prepare the patient for therapy. Results: Thirty-eight patients were included in the analysis. Before consultation, 17 patients (44.7%) were “somewhat” or “extremely” familiar with the term “nuclear medicine doctor,” whereas after the consultation, 33 patients (86.8%) were “somewhat” or “extremely” familiar with the term “nuclear medicine doctor” (P < 0.001). Thirteen patients (37.1%) felt they had either no understanding or a vague understanding of the therapy and no understanding of the plan for follow-up before the consultation, whereas 2 patients (5.4%) chose this response after the consultation (P < 0.001). More patients responded that they felt “generally” or “perfectly calm” toward the therapy overall after their consultation: 26 patients (68.4%) before vs 34 patients (91.9%) after consultation (P < 0.001). Discussion: Patient- and family-centered care in radiology includes direct physician participation in care delivery. In this report, we evaluate and measure the impact of our nuclear medicine pretherapy consultation clinic on the patient experience. We demonstrate significant impact of direct patient-physician encounters on patient anxiety, patient knowledge of the role of the nuclear medicine physician, and overall patient understanding of their treatment plan.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging