Patients Find Talking to Radiologists Beneficial
According to a recent study in the American Journal of Roentgenology, both radiologists and patients benefit from consultations. The authors developed a pilot program in which patients with certain imaging-related issues met with a radiologist when they came in for their regularly scheduled consultation with referring physicians. During the meeting, the radiologists would explain their role as physicians and review the patient’s imaging results in detail. Patients reported better overall experiences and an increased awareness of the radiologists’ role. Despite concerns about the meetings disrupting workflow, the authors argue that participating radiologists gain the support of referring physicians, boost job satisfaction, and possibly improve patient outcomes.