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The use of a patient advocate to improve the experience in pediatric radiology

Authors
  • Koch, Bernadette L.1
  • Hater, Dianne M.1
  • Coley, Brian D.1
  • 1 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45229, USA , Cincinnati (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatric Radiology
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Sep 15, 2020
Volume
50
Issue
11
Pages
1499–1508
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00247-020-04784-0
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

There is increasing emphasis on improving the patient experience with a shift to patient- and family-centered care throughout all areas of health care. In 2013, the American College of Radiology launched Imaging 3.0, an initiative aimed at encouraging and enabling radiologists to work on culture change to increase focus on appropriateness, efficiency, quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Many groups have subsequently used these and other tools to improve the overall patient experience, focusing on the entire imaging journey to include initial order placement, registration in the department, image acquisition, departure from the department, and how and when the patient and family receive the imaging results. In our department we have used multiple strategies and have applied quality-improvement methods and patient/family-centered care models to improve quality, safety and the patient experience. Most of these efforts have included team members across the department, including radiologists, technologists, quality-improvement personnel, managers and nurses. In addition, for the last 12 years, a key member of these teams has been our patient and family advocate (PFA). We describe the important role that a PFA can play in improving the patient and family experience in pediatric radiology.

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