The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of film management in a large urban teaching hospital.
For 5 days in March 1998, individuals seeking access to imaging studies performed in the radiology department of a large urban hospital were questioned about their activities and were physically followed in an effort to characterize the efficiency and effectiveness of the department in servicing individuals not employed by the department.
Activities in the department were recorded, and the times to visit completion and the failure rates were assessed.
Of the 381 visitors to the department who were followed, 321 were hospital employees and 186 were physicians.
The average total time spent in the department was 4 min, during which 2 min were spent viewing images or obtaining consultation.
Physicians were in the department an average of only 7 min with 3 min for consultation and image viewing.
During the 381 visits, we monitored 753 separate transactions, 693 of which were completed successfully.
We found no instances in which a physician indicated that a patient's treatment would be delayed or altered because of film mismanagement and only one instance in which it was suggested that a study may have to be repeated.
This study found a high level of efficiency and effectiveness in file room operations.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecine, Homme, Radiologie, Service hospitalier, Evaluation, Efficacité, Qualité, Activité, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Organisation santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Medicine, Human, Radiology, Hospital ward, Evaluation, Efficiency, Quality, Activity, United States, North America, America, Public health organization
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0245923
Code Inist : 002B24A10. Création : 16/11/1999.