The mean rate of non-attendance at this hospital is 16%, with the Nuclear Medicine Department averaging 4%. Although only a small percentage, increasing demand for nuclear medicine studies has led to a need for greater efficiency to reduce financial losses.
From April 1995 to March 1996,104 patients did not attend over a range of 16 studies.
We examined the types of study, patients and costs.
The costs of wasted staff time, camera time and radiopharmaceutical ranged from £24 (99Tcm thyroid) to £470 (75Se cholesterol adrenal).
This results in a loss equivalent to £7258 over the year.
There was no significant difference in non-attendance rates between different types of procedure, source and type of referral, or in the three age groups : children, working and retired population.
Finally, we looked at cultural origins, segregating the groups into Asian and European origins based on surname.
A significantly higher proportion of patients of Asian origin did not attend.
This study has shown that it may be of benefit to target specific groups and tests.
For example, at City Hospital, perhaps we should concentrate on our Asian community to ensure they understand fully what the study involves.
It would also be worthwhile targeting the more expensive nuclear medicine studies.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine nucléaire, Homme, Coût, Hôpital, Produit radioisotopique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Nuclear medicine, Human, Costs, Hospital, Radiopharmaceuticals
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0253064
Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 11/09/1998.