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Patient experience ratings found to be valuable for all physicians, especially radiologists

Patient experience ratings valuable for all physicians — Especially radiologists

According to an article in ARRS’ American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), online patient experience ratings provide radiologists with critical feedback for improving performance, as well as a unique opportunity to communicate imaging’s overall role in patient care.

“Radiologists scored highly on patient experience surveys when evaluated on encounters involving invasive procedures, achieving scores similar to those for other physicians,” wrote corresponding author Neena Kapoor of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

Kapoor and colleagues’ retrospective study collected data from May 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018 in the outpatient setting of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After all institutional visits, patients were emailed the Press Ganey Medical Practice Survey (i.e., 10 questions regarding a patient’s experience with a specific provider during the encounter). Postencounter radiology surveys were sent to patients if an image-guided invasive procedure was performed.

Based on these single-institutional surveys—whose results were published in an online provider directory—radiologists evidenced similar overall scores as nonradiologist physicians (95.6 vs. 95.9). Additionally, scores increased for radiologists (94.2 to 97.1) and nonradiologists (95.7 to 96.3) alike during the 19-month study period.

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