Recommendations for Further Testing May Mean Less Timely Follow-up



April 2015

Did you recommend further imaging in your report due to abnormal results?

Don't expect your patient to receive timely follow-up imaging referrals, says a paper recently published in the JACR®. Aymer Al-Mutairi, MD, and his colleagues performed a retrospective study of 250 radiology reports. Researchers found that 92 reports were cataloged as lacking timely follow-up by referring physicians. Of those, 75 percent included recommendations
for further imaging. 1he researchers hypothesized that because referring patients for further testing requires additional steps, busy referring physicians are more likely to overlook these recommendations. " The finding underscores the potential need for developing additional safeguards that allow for better monitoring and tracking of patients with recommendations of further imaging to ensure appropriate follow-up actions," the authors wrote.


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