Essay on Communication in Radiology

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In a recent patient review study, one patient answered, “Are the doctors communicating amongst themselves here? It would be so much better for the patient if they were collaborating as a team.” This statement goes for every health care professional in this hospital. Employee actions are not going unnoticed by patients. It’s essential for doctors to have a general understanding of radiology procedures in order to treat patients appropriately. Mandatory training for physician assistants on understanding radiology exams will enhance communication between P.A’s and technologists, clarify communication between P.A’s and patients, and eliminate unnecessary radiation exposure by ordering radiology exams appropriately. Communication between…show more content…
Better communication would improve knowledge of others’ roles and responsibilities in the hospital. Poor communication also has cost implications. It’s estimated that 10% of hospital budgets could be wasted due to poor information management and that improvements could result in an estimated savings of 30 million per year (280). The benefits of mandatory training far outweigh any financial troubles the hospital could face. The lack of access to the required information will delay progress. An overall lack of time is another main barrier to high-quality communication that interferes with patient care (283). The following research perfectly describes why doctors and physician assistants should have mandatory training in radiology. Strong communication between P.A’s and technologists will increase hospital savings, decrease patient wait times, and thus will increase patient satisfaction. A general knowledge of radiology protocol will help doctors better communicate orders with their patients. If doctors recognize what takes place in the radiology department along with protocols and rules, we can improve patient care. Patients expect doctors to communicate orders and explanations as to why they are ordering any radiology exam. Understanding radiation and its effect on the human body are imperative. For example, there is no need for a duplicate study to be performed on a child. In turn,
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