Communication in Radiology

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In a recent patient review study, one patient answered, “Are the doctors communicating amongst themselves here? It would be so much better for the patient if they were collaborating as a team.” This statement goes for every health care professional in this hospital. Employee actions are not going unnoticed by patients. It’s essential for doctors to have a general understanding of radiology procedures in order to treat patients appropriately. Mandatory training for physician assistants on understanding radiology exams will enhance communication between P.A’s and technologists, clarify communication between P.A’s and patients, and eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure by ordering radiology exams appropriately. Communication between technologists and P.A’s must improve. The constant struggle of being able to comprehend what the other wants is tiring and redundant. An understanding of radiology procedures and protocol is imperative. Patients deserve outstanding quality of care and a feeling of safety within this hospitals organization. It’s crucial that we take the patient’s safety into consideration when dealing with ionizing radiation. Andreoli Cavalheiro stated that patient care is a complex process requiring various organized work dynamics from the healthcare team. The process involves clinical information for treatment decision-making and team communication to provide quality patient care. Communication amongst healthcare teams and knowledge about their patients has the highest impact on the continuum of care and prompt process organization (304). Ultimately, communication among professionals defines the quality of information and the quality of care (307). Training clinicians to understand radiology protocols would enha... ... middle of paper ... ...f an Analysis with a Novel Instrumental Variable. Health Services Research, 43(5p1), 1505-1519. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2008.00849. Furlow, B. (2011). Radiation Protection in Pediatric Imaging. Radiologic Technology, 82(5), 421. Heyer CM, Lemburg SP, Peters SA. Pediatric radiology and scientific contributions to radiation dose at the meeting of the German Radiological Society—an analysis of an 11-year period. Eur J Radiol. 2010; 75(2):e135-e140. Patient First. (2008, July). Poor Communication. Patient First Review-Patient Experience Component. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia Reynolds, A. (2009). Patient-centered care. Radiologic Technology, 81(2), 133-147. Shipman, B. (2010). The Role of Communication in the Patient-Physician Relationship. Journal Of Legal Medicine, 31(4), 433-442. doi:10.1080/01947648.2010.535427
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