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From herding cats toward best practices: standardizing the radiologic work process.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19933652     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Considerable variation in radiologic procedures, protocols, policies, and workflows exists across the nation, sometimes even within departments. This lack of standardization fosters idiosyncratic behavior and outcomes, undermining the effort to implement best practices across institutions. The purpose of this article is to discuss the need for rapidly implementing recognized standards and best practices when they exist.
CONCLUSION: The use of information systems to monitor a wide variety of quality metrics offers managers the opportunity to standardize radiology and departmental practices, with the goal of transforming these practices into those that are more efficient and cost-effective and of higher quality.
Giles W L Boland
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AJR. American journal of roentgenology     Volume:  193     ISSN:  1546-3141     ISO Abbreviation:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-25     Completed Date:  2010-01-07     Revised Date:  2013-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708173     Medline TA:  AJR Am J Roentgenol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1593-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Diffusion of Innovation
Guideline Adherence
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Radiology Department, Hospital / standards*,  trends
United States

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