Disclosure of imaging findings to patients directly by radiologists: Survey of patient's preferences

M. H. Schreiber, Jr Leonard M., C. Y. Rieniets

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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine if patients prefer to have radiologists tell them imaging findings immediately after the examination or if they prefer to hear the results later from their referring physician. SUBJECT AND METHODS: A simple questionnaire was devised and distributed to 261 consecutive patients in the radiology department of a large university hospital. During a 10-day period, patients seen in several departmental sections (gastrointestinal, genitourinary, CT, sonography, mammography, chest, musculoskeletal) completed the questionnaire. Patients were asked if they wanted the radiologist to tell them if the results were normal; if the results were abnormal; if they would prefer to hear the results from their family doctor, internist, or other primary care provider; and if they felt entitled to an explanation of their test results. Results were tabulated and expressed as percentages. RESULTS: Analysis of the 261 questionnaires disclosed that 92% of patients wanted the radiologist to tell them if the results are normal. An additional 7% answered "Yes, but only if I ask." If the results are abnormal (cancer, for example), 87% wanted the radiologist to tell them. An additional 7% answered "Yes, but only if I ask." CONCLUSION: Our results show that most patients prefer to hear the results of imaging examinations from the radiologist at the time of the procedure rather than to hear them later form the referring physician, regardless of the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalUltrasound International
Volume6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

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Patient Preference
Disclosure
Physicians
Mammography
Radiology
Surveys and Questionnaires
Radiologists
Ultrasonography
Primary Health Care
Thorax
Neoplasms

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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Disclosure of imaging findings to patients directly by radiologists : Survey of patient's preferences. / Schreiber, M. H.; Leonard M., Jr; Rieniets, C. Y.

In: Ultrasound International, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2000, p. 159-162.

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Schreiber, MH, Leonard M., J & Rieniets, CY 2000, 'Disclosure of imaging findings to patients directly by radiologists: Survey of patient's preferences', Ultrasound International, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 159-162.
Schreiber, M. H. ; Leonard M., Jr ; Rieniets, C. Y. / Disclosure of imaging findings to patients directly by radiologists : Survey of patient's preferences. In: Ultrasound International. 2000 ; Vol. 6, No. 4. pp. 159-162.
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