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Awareness of medical radiation exposure among patients: A patient survey as a first step for effective communication of ionizing radiation risks.

dc.contributor.author Ria, Francesco
dc.contributor.author Bergantin, A
dc.contributor.author Vai, A
dc.contributor.author Bonfanti, P
dc.contributor.author Martinotti, AS
dc.contributor.author Redaelli, I
dc.contributor.author Invernizzi, M
dc.contributor.author Pedrinelli, G
dc.contributor.author Bernini, G
dc.contributor.author Papa, S
dc.contributor.author Samei, Ehsan
dc.coverage.spatial Italy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-09T15:50:37Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-09T19:13:35Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-12-11T21:21:16Z
dc.date.available 2017-12-11T21:21:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017-11
dc.identifier https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29195563
dc.identifier S1120-1797(17)30486-6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/15847
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION: The European Directive 2013/59/EURATOM requires patient radiation dose information to be included in the medical report of radiological procedures. To provide effective communication to the patient, it is necessary to first assess the patient's level of knowledge regarding medical exposure. The goal of this work is to survey patients' current knowledge level of both medical exposure to ionizing radiation and professional disciplines and communication means used by patients to garner information. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire was designed comprised of thirteen questions: 737 patients participated in the survey. The data were analysed based on population age, education, and number of radiological procedures received in the three years prior to survey. RESULTS: A majority of respondents (56.4%) did not know which modality uses ionizing radiation. 74.7% had never discussed with healthcare professionals the risk concerning their medical radiological procedures. 70.1% were not aware of the professionals that have expertise to discuss the use of ionizing radiation for medical purposes, and 84.7% believe it is important to have the radiation dose information stated in the medical report. CONCLUSION: Patients agree with new regulations that it is important to know the radiation level related to the medical exposure, but there is little awareness in terms of which modalities use X-Rays and the professionals and channels that can help them to better understand the exposure information. To plan effective communication, it is essential to devise methods and adequate resources for key professionals (medical physicists, radiologists, referring physicians) to convey correct and effective information.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.ispartof Phys Med
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1016/j.ejmp.2017.10.014
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/10161/15739
dc.relation.replaces 10161/15739
dc.relation.replaces http://hdl.handle.net/10161/15744
dc.relation.replaces 10161/15744
dc.subject Effective communication
dc.subject Patient awareness
dc.subject Radiation risk
dc.title Awareness of medical radiation exposure among patients: A patient survey as a first step for effective communication of ionizing radiation risks.
dc.type Journal article
pubs.author-url https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29195563
pubs.begin-page 57
pubs.end-page 62
pubs.organisational-group Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Radiology
pubs.organisational-group School of Medicine
pubs.organisational-group Temp group - logins allowed
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 43
dc.identifier.eissn 1724-191X


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