JACR Redefines Radiology Health Care Delivery in Tandem With Patients

In a First, Journal of the American College of Radiology Special Issue Blends Work of Radiologists and Patients, the ‘‘Co-Producers of Meaningful Content’

Newswise — Reston, Va. (EMBARGOED UNTIL 9 A.M. EASTERN ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016) — In a first, a special issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR®) explores radiology patient engagement from the patient perspective. Original articles provide valuable insights to help radiologists make the care they provide more patient-centered.

“This issue is a first for the Journal of the American College of Radiology: Patients, caregivers and advocates serve as co-authors or reviewers, in other words, co-producers of meaningful content,” said James V. Rawson, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on Patient- and Family-Centered Care. “Radiologists are redefining health care delivery; we are innovating, improving and delivering value to the doctor-patient relationship,” he added.

The free-access issue, centering on radiology and radiation oncology, represents “a journey” for both radiologists and radiology, said Rawson. In 14 articles (including a four-page graphic novel, 3 CME articles, 2 opinion items and a case study) and an introduction, these topics are explored: the intersection of quality improvement and patient experience, the role of shared decision making in oncology (including breast cancer care), design of an ideal patient portal, use of social media platforms and reducing patient barriers to medical literature access.

Articles includePatient- and Family-Centered Care—Why Radiology?

Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Primer

Using Quality Improvement Methods to Improve Patient Experience

Lessons Learned From Two Decades of Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Radiology, Part 1: Getting Started

Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Radiology Part 2: Building a Culture

Promising Approaches From Behavioral Economics to Improve Patient Lung Cancer Screening Decisions

Focusing on the “Person” in Personalized Medicine: The Future of Patient-Centered Care in Radiation Oncology

Radiology as the Point of Cancer Patient and Care Team Engagement: Applying the 4R Model at a Patient’s Breast Cancer Care Initiation

Difficult Doctors, Difficult Patients: Building Empathy

An Asynchronous Online Collaboration Between Radiologists and Patients: Harnessing the Power of Informatics to Design the Ideal Patient Portal

Web Applications for Patient Communication

Implications of Direct Patient Online Access to Radiology Reports Through Patient Web Portals

Social Media and the Patient Experience

Patient and Family Engagement in Research in Era 3

Tale of Two Perspectives on Cancer: What I Wish I Knew Before Cancer — Radiologist and Patient Perspectives

The JACR December special issue on Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Radiology and Radiation Oncology is co-edited by Rawson and Ruth Carlos, MD, FACR, JACR deputy editor. Both will moderate a Nov. 28 #JACR Tweet Chat on patient engagement, which will be held from 1–2 p.m. (Eastern) during the RSNA annual meeting.

JACR is the official journal of the American College of Radiology, providing information on topics affecting the practice of diagnostic radiologists, interventional radiologists, medical physicists and radiation oncologists. JACR is radiology’s only peer-reviewed journal focused on issues relating to clinical practice, practice management, health services and policy, and education and training. For related information, visit the journal’s blog or participate in its Twitter chats.


About the American College of Radiology The American College of Radiology (ACR), founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. To arrange an interview with any ACR member, please contact Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936, Maryann Verrillo at 703-390-9822 or email PR@acr.org.

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