Quality & safety aspects of nuclear medicine practice: Definitions and review of the current literature.

Giannoula, E; Panagiotidis, E; Katsikavelas, I; Chatzipavlidou, V; Sachpekidis, Christos; Bamidis, P; Raftopoulos, V; Iakovou, I (2020). Quality & safety aspects of nuclear medicine practice: Definitions and review of the current literature. Hellenic journal of nuclear medicine, 23(1), pp. 60-66. Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine 10.1967/s002449912016

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Current literature records a glaring discrepancy between the rapid developments and progress of medicine and the simultaneous deterioration of the quality and safety of the provided health care services. Bibliographic data as far as perceptions of quality and safety in nuclear medicine departments are concerned, are limited and frequently ambiguous. Most nuclear medicine departments provide the same types of services, but not the same quality of service, while patients' perceptions are not always matched by the perceptions of health care providers. The multidimensional nature of quality and safety, deriving from the different criteria and standards by which different groups of the population attempt to interpret and evaluate them, justifies these discrepancies, over most of quality's and safety's dimensions studied. Nuclear medicine's unique characteristic of using radiopharmaceuticals, exposing to ionizing radiation affects dramatically these perceptions, irrespective of whether quality and safety assurance measures already cover radiation protection, instrumentation maintenance, radiopharmaceutical handling, and the management of all the other aspects of patient care. On the other end of the spectrum, patient-centred practice, communication and proper information play as a well decisive role in ensuring patients' satisfaction.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Clinic of Nuclear Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Sachpekidis, Christos

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1790-5427

Publisher:

Hellenic Society of Nuclear Medicine

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sabine Lanz

Date Deposited:

29 Dec 2020 14:06

Last Modified:

31 Dec 2020 06:37

Publisher DOI:

10.1967/s002449912016

PubMed ID:

32361717

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/149132

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/149132

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