Radiologist, obstetric patient, and emergency department provider survey: radiologist-patient interaction in the emergency department setting

David B. Erlichman, Marjorie W. Stein, Amanda Weiss, Fernanda Mazzariol

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptance of a model of direct interaction between radiologist and patients in the emergency department (ED) setting. The study population was comprised of pregnant patients accrued in a non-consecutive prospective manner from June 2014 to September 2015, who had an obstetrical ultrasound performed in the radiology department of an inner-city tertiary care hospital at the request of the ED. The feasibility and approval of direct communication between radiologist and patient were evaluated by means of a questionnaire presented by an independent observer to the ED provider, patient, and radiologist. The exam enrolled 54 patients. Ultrasound (US) exam results were divided into (31) normal live intrauterine gestation (group 1), (7) abnormal failed intrauterine gestation or ectopic pregnancy (group 2), and (16) indeterminate pregnancies that could not be placed in the former categories and may require a follow-up exam (group 3). Forty-five (83 %) ED providers approved of the radiologist’s direct communication with patients. Fifty (93 %) patients stated a better understanding of the radiologist’s role in their care after than before the interaction. The radiologists found the interaction with patients to be positive in 52 (96 %) cases. Direct communication between radiologist and patient yielded a good acceptance by the radiologist, ED provider, and patient. More importantly, after the encounter, the vast majority of patients reported a better understanding of the radiologist’s role in their care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalEmergency Radiology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 10 2016

Keywords

  • Direct communication
  • Emergency department
  • Imaging findings
  • Patient care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Emergency Medicine

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