Parents Want to Meet Radiologists
Here’s another chance for radiologists to get involved in patient-centered care. An article in the American Journal of Roentgenology notes that parents whose children require diagnostic ultrasounds not only appreciate speaking with their radiologist, but that these consultations result in decreased anxiety and an increased understanding of the radiologist’s role.
Researchers at Stanford sought to determine whether consultations for pediatric ultrasounds with immediate disclosure of results would increase patient satisfaction. Overall, 77 percent of parents rated the consultation as helpful. Parents were also asked before and after the consultation about the radiologist’s role in their child’s care. Prior to the exam, only 68 percent could correctly describe the radiologist’s role. That number rose to 88 percent following the consultation.