ARRS: Rads in the dark on patient costs, safety
Rajni Natesan, MD, of Northwestern University in Chicago, and Richard Sharpe, MD, of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, sought to assess radiologists’ level of understanding of broad healthcare system topics and their relative knowledge compared with other physicians.
The researchers emailed an online survey to ultrasound residency programs’ faculty and trainees and asked respondents to rate their understanding of healthcare policy, malpractice, quality assurance, patient safety and patient imaging costs on a five-point scale.
A total of 3,396 physicians responded, including 711 radiologists and 2,685 nonradiology physicians. Radiologists rated their understanding of patient imaging costs at 2.17, with a score of three considered competent in the scale. Nonradiologists rated their understanding of imaging costs at 2.32. Scores for other topics were as follows:
- Malpractice: radiologists, 2.30, nonradiologists, 2.36,
- Healthcare policy: radiologists, 2.43, nonradiologists, 2.33,
- Quality assurance: radiologists, 2.57, nonradiologists, 2.62, and
- Patient safety: radiologists, 3.10, nonradiologists, 3.33.
The study is ongoing. "We hope to use this data as a self-reflection tool to demonstrate where we need to improve to prepare ourselves for the changes ahead," Natesan said.