Do Referring doctors actually follow up on all radiology results?
In a systematic review published in Journal of general internal medicine, Nineteen studies were included in the review and reported wide variation in the extent of tests not followed-up: 6.8% to 62% for laboratory tests; 1.0% to 35.7% for radiology. The impact on patient outcomes included missed cancer diagnoses. Failure to follow-up test results is an important safety concern which requires urgent attention. These are US based studies. Problem in countries like ours probably will be manifold. I feel probably technology will play increasing role in minimising this in future.
Do Referring doctors actually follow up on all radiology results? Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Monday, October 08, 2012 Rating: