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  1. Posters for accident departments : simple method of sustaining reduction in x ray examinations.

    Article - En anglais


    To assess whether a simple strategy would sustain a reduction in the number of unnecessary x ray examinations.

    Design-Use of posters to display guidelines encouraging the more effective use of radiology in patients with head injuries, twisted ankles, neck injuries, and abdominal pain.

    Setting-Accident department of a large metropolitan district general hospital.

    Patients-15 875 patients attending the accident department over two years, Main outcome measure-Proportion of patients having radiography.


    Referrals for skull radiography fell from 56% to 20% and those for abdominal radiography fell from 31% to 7%. Referral patterns for adults attending with twisted ankles and cervical spine injuries did not change.

    Reductions were sustained over two years.

    Conclusion-Carefully designed posters provide a simple method of reducing unnecessary x ray examinations.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Economie santé, Radiographie, Guide pratique, Médecin généraliste, Indication, Homme, Affiche, Service hospitalier, Urgence, Radiodiagnostic

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health economy, Radiography, Handbook, General practitioner, Indication, Human, Poster, Hospital ward, Emergency, Radiodiagnosis

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 95-0207843

    Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 09/06/1995.