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Patient experience of imaging reports: A systematic literature review.

Rogers, C., Willis, S., Gillard, S. and Chudleigh, J., 2023. Patient experience of imaging reports: A systematic literature review. Ultrasound, 31 (3), 164-175.

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DOI: 10.1177/1742271X221140024


Introduction: Written reports are often the sole form of communication from diagnostic imaging. Reports are increasingly being accessed by patients through electronic records. Experiencing medical terminology can be confusing and lead to miscommunication, a decrease in involvement and increased anxiety for patients. Methods: This systematic review was designed to include predefined study selection criteria and was registered prospectively on PROSPERO (CRD42020221734). MEDLINE, CINAHL, Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost), EMBASE, Scopus and EThOS were searched to identify articles meeting the inclusion criteria. Studies were assessed against the Mixed-Methods Appraisal Tool version 2018 for quality. A segregated approach was used to synthesise data. A thematic synthesis of the qualitative data and a narrative review of the quantitative data were performed, and findings of both syntheses were then integrated. Findings: Twelve articles reporting 13 studies were included. This review found that patients’ experiences of imaging reports included positive and negative aspects. The study identified two main themes encompassing both qualitative and quantitative findings. Patients reported their experiences regarding their understanding of reports and self-management. Discussion: Patient understanding of imaging reports is multi factorial including medical terminology, communication aids and errors. Self-management through direct access is important to patients. While receiving bad news is a concern, responsibility for accessing this is accepted. Conclusion: A patient-centred approach to writing imaging reports may help to improve the quality of service, patient experience and wider health outcomes.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mixed-methods systematic review; qualitative; radiology; thematic synthesis
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39598
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:22 Mar 2024 15:46
Last Modified:22 Mar 2024 15:46


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