This paper describes an investigation into the reasons for variation in the time taken by senior radiologists to complete radiological reports.
An observational study of the reporting process at one UK hospital was undertaken for a 25 day period.
An independent health service researcher observed the radiology reporting process and collected data on a variety of factors including the time taken to produce the report, the number and nature of all images viewed, the experience of the radiologist, and the number of disturbances that occurred.
This research provides the first empirical evidence for systematic variation in reporting time.
The results confirm the importance of certain factors that were expected to explain report time variation.
For example, the results indicate that report time tended to be significantly shorter in reporting sessions that were busy, and significantly longer when the radiologist was disturbed during the reporting process or was training juniors during a reporting session.
More surprising were the results indicating that there was no significant difference in report time for reports categorized as urgent or « hot » and those categorized as less urgent or « cold », and that report time appeared to vary systematically depending on the dav of the week and on the time of day.
Mots-clés Pascal : Radiologie, Médecin, Compte rendu, Diagnostic, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Radiology, Physician, Report, Diagnosis, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0484241
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 01/03/1996.