Discrepant Reporting Style Preferences Between Clinicians and Radiologists.
Current problems in diagnostic radiology
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To compare preferences in reporting styles between radiologists and clinicians in structured vs unstructured reporting styles in order to facilitate better communication.
METHODS: An online survey was distributed to 5280 clinicians, radiologists, and physicians in training surveying respondent preference for three different reporting styles: expanded structured, minimized structured, and unstructured.
RESULTS: A 7.5% response rate was achieved. Overall, the expanded structured reporting style was the most preferred (47%, 186/394). This contrasted with radiologists who preferred the unstructured reporting style (41%), whereas nonradiologists preferred the expanded structured reporting style (51%; P < 0.001). There was significance in emergency medicine physicians preferring the minimized structured reporting style (51%, 27/43), whereas all other specialties preferred the expanded structured report (49%, 168/341; P = 0.0038).
DISCUSSION: There is a discrepant reporting style preference between clinicians and radiologists. A structured reporting style with expanded standard statements is preferred by most physicians. Radiologists could consider using a structured reporting style with minimized normal statements in the emergency room setting.
Kelsch R, Saon M, Sutherland E, Tech K, Al-Katib S. Discrepant Reporting Style Preferences Between Clinicians and Radiologists. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2020 Nov 24:S0363-0188(20)30209-7. doi: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2020.10.014. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33272722.