Effect of mandatory radiology consultation on inpatient imaging use : A randomized controlled trial. Editorial.
- To determine if a mandatory radiology consultation service can decrease radiology resource use on inpatient intemal medicine services.
Design and Setting
- Randomized controlled trial on 4 intemal medicine services at a university hospital.
Patients and Other Participants
- Six radiologists performed the intervention on 2 internal medicine services over a 12-month period.
A total of 1022 patients were admitted to the 2 intervention services and 1178 patients were admitted to the 2 control services.
Each was staffed by an attending internist and 3 house officers.
- Each radiology examination required approval by the attending radiologist before it was performed.
Main Outcome Measure
- Relative resource costs (relative value units [RVUs]), number of examinations per patient, proportion of patients with 1 or more tests, and mean length of stay (LOS).
- Mean RVUs for the intervention group were 356.1, and for the control group, 336.0 (P=5).
Mean examinations per patient for both groups was 4.4. Mean LOS for the intervention group was 6.0 days, and for the control group, 6.1 days (P=8).
- An inpatient radiology consultation service, with a goal to reduce resource use, did not achieve its goal.
A more appropriate use of time and expense for radiology utilization management may be in the outpatient setting.
Mots-clés Pascal : Exploration radiologique, Consultation, Service hospitalier, Gestion ressources, Diagnostic différentiel, Relation professionnelle, Rentabilité, Rapport coût bénéfice, Soin, Ambulatoire, Homme, Technique, Randomisation, Organisation santé, Economie santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Radiologic investigation, Consultation, Hospital ward, Resource management, Differential diagnostic, Professional relation, Profitability, Cost benefit ratio, Care, Ambulatory, Human, Technique, Randomization, Public health organization, Health economy
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0055330
Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 21/05/1997.