Factors that may contribute to an inadequate radiology request form

  • Mitch Otterberg Diagnostic Radiology Nursing Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Johan Gunneröd Diagnostic Radiology Nursing Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Helene Mork-Knudsen Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design, University of South-East Norway, Drammen, Norway

Abstract

The radiology request/referral is an important part of the communication between the referring physician and the radiology department. It forms the basis for radiologists and radiographers to be able to carry out their work. Through the radiologic request form, the referrer orders an examination for a patient, as part of the patient's medical examination or follow-up. In conjunction with education and practice, we have noticed that reduced quality of the referrals is not uncommon. The aim was to identify the main contributing factors to unjustified referrals for diagnostic imaging procedures. A literature review was undertaken.

Analyzing the literature, the overall themes emerged, and resulted in five subcategories; 1) insufficient, inaccurate or lack of clinical information or questioning, 2) weaknesses in choosing the desired modality, 3) missing routines and 4) need for further standardization of the referring-practice, and 5) insufficient knowledge of radiological diagnostics on behalf of the referring physicians. Weaknesses in clinical history and questioning were the most frequently presented contributing factors.

Published
2019-11-29
How to Cite
Otterberg, M., Gunneröd, J., & Mork-Knudsen, H. (2019). Factors that may contribute to an inadequate radiology request form . Radiography Open, 5(1), 16. https://doi.org/10.7577/radopen.3617
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