There is worldwide concern about healthcare cost and cost effectiveness.
The number of Radiologic investigations is increasing.
Radiologic procedures consume up to 10% of health care expenditure.
The aim of this study is to assess medical staff consideration of cost and cost effectiveness during daily patient management.
Sixty doctors working within the main hospital building were recruited for the study.
Doctors in peripheral clinics, were excluded.
Sample size was calculated using the what if'statistics of Epi info 6 World Health Organization, 1993.
A questionnaire was distributed to investigate whether medical staff consider cost and cost effectiveness when requesting radiologic procedures.
There were 49 (81.5%) respondents : Only 9 (18%) of the 49 respondents always considered cost when requesting radiologic procedures and only 15 (31%) always considered cost effectiveness.
Only 7 (14%) of the respondents have abandoned requesting certain radiologic procedures because they found them not to be cost effective.
The majority of our medical staff do not give consideration to radiology costs or cost effectiveness during daily patient management.
Education and guidelines are needed to rectify this non-economical use of radiology services.
Mots-clés Pascal : Radiologie, Exploration, Etude comparative, Coût, Efficacité, Analyse avantage coût, Arabie Saoudite, Asie, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Radiologue
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Radiology, Exploration, Comparative study, Costs, Efficiency, Cost benefit analysis, Saudi Arabia, Asia, Evaluation, Questionnaire, Radiologist
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0347041
Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 14/12/1999.