JACR Turns a (Patient) Page

This post was submitted by James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care.

RawsonHeadshotThe December issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) is exploring patient engagement from a unique perspective for a radiology journal: our patients. The insights from this special issue will help radiologists make the imaging and radiation oncology care we provide more patient-centered.

Patients, caregivers and advocates serve as coauthors or reviewers of articles that range from clinical care issues to participation in radiology department service improvements. They are our coproducers of meaningful content, as radiologists and radiology take steps to redefine health care delivery.

The articles in the free-access “Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Radiology and Radiation Oncology” issue can help radiologists to innovate to improve and deliver value to the doctor-patient relationship. Since the issue is open access, patients and their families also have access to these articles.

By reading these 14 articles; you’re sure to find some key takeaways for delivering value-based care. Equally importantly, please share these articles with your administrators, staff and patients.

ACR offers numerous resources to help radiology professionals deliver patient- and family-centered care, including sessions at ACR 2017—The Crossroads of Radiology®.

What actions have you initiated—in listening, comforting and supporting the needs of patients and their families? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and join the discussion on Engage (login required).

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