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Awareness and understanding of nuclear medicine among junior doctors in a district general hospital setting: an audit and personal experiences.
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PMID:  20856151     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
AIM: To discover the level of knowledge and understanding about nuclear medicine techniques among current junior doctors in a hospital setting.
METHODS: A questionnaire was sent out to all Foundation Year 1 and Foundation Year 2 doctors at my institution, asking them to list as many nuclear medicine investigations (with relevant indications) as they knew. All known nuclear medicine therapies were also listed. The data from these questionnaires were analysed. The doctors were then given a lecture entitled 'Introduction to Nuclear Medicine'. The questionnaires were then sent out again 1 month later, and the data from them were re-analysed.
RESULTS: Each junior doctor, before the lectures, knew a mean of 3.1 investigations and 0.8 therapies. After the lectures, they were able to list a mean of 7.5 investigations and 3.4 therapies. This difference/improvement in knowledge is statistically significant (P<0.001).
DISCUSSION: Level of knowledge regarding nuclear medicine is poor among junior doctors. After appropriate education, the audit showed a highly statistically significant improvement in the level of knowledge. A lack of exposure to nuclear medicine, and its low profile in many hospitals, are the likely causes of the initial lack of awareness. It is important to rectify this, not only for improving patient management, but also for the future of the specialty itself.
Dhruba J Dasgupta; Paul J Ryan
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nuclear medicine communications     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1473-5628     ISO Abbreviation:  Nucl Med Commun     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8201017     Medline TA:  Nucl Med Commun     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1004-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham, Kent, UK.
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