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May Webinar: A Multi-Language Patient Questionnaire for BMD Examinations

May 8, 2019 12:00PM to May 8, 2019 01:00PM
Online Webinar

This webinar will be two topics. 

 Topic #1

A Multi-Language Patient Questionnaire for BMD Examinations

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and practicality of a multi-language questionnaire for use by non-English speaking patients and clinical staff. The questionnaire has been shown to be overwhelmingly beneficial for use by clinical staff and patients. It allows patients to communicate relevant medical information that they would have been unable to otherwise. 

Diagnostic imaging (DI) practice utilizes patient questionnaires as an important method of gathering medical history information directly from patients. However, language barriers, particularly for non-English speaking patients, prevent them from completing the questionnaires and thus pose a danger to patient safety. We designed a multi-language questionnaire to address this issue. The questionnaire is initially displayed in a language adapted to a given patient, and is then, along with the patient’s responses, automatically converted into the language interface of medical practice (e.g. English) to be read and reviewed by DI staff. We examined the efficacy of this questionnaire in a clinical setting.

Topic #2

Does Additional Clinical Information Provided by Technologist Notes Assist in Interpreting Diagnostic Imaging Examinations?

Objective:

The study evaluated the role of the clinical history collected by technologists, in the form of notes, in interpreting imaging examinations. The study also examined if the impact of these technologist notes depended on the medical history completeness provided by the referring physicians.

Outcomes:

Technologist notes were important for interpreting DI examinations in more than 2/3 of cases and were more useful for reading radiographic examinations than US examinations. The usefulness of technologist notes did not depend on the degree of patient history completeness in the requisitions. Therefore, the use of technologist notes with clinical information is recommended in addition to the medical histories provided by referring physicians. It is not uncommon that a requisition for a diagnostic imaging exam carries scarce, if any, clinical information, or that the information is provided in an illegible form. Thus, communication between patients and DI technologists provides a unique and important opportunity for obtaining relevant clinical details. Technologists can communicate this additional clinical information to radiologists through notes attached to a scanned requisition or by using the electronic notes function available in many picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) viewers. Our study examined how technologist notes impact radiological interpretation, and whether or not this impact depends on medical history completeness within requisitions

Speaker:

Nick N. Maizlin

Nick Maizlin is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at McMaster University. From his experience volunteering in diagnostic imaging clinics, he is interested in examining methods to improve healthcare efficiency.



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