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Poll results: How should radiologists share peer review results?

by Ben Lauing

A few weeks ago, a member asked me if other organizations were showing unblinded radiologist peer review results to hospital leadership. I didn’t have an answer for her, so I decided to use a lifeline—I asked the audience.

Here’s what they said.

Should radiologists talk to patients?

Unblinded reports not common

This particular member runs a radiology group whose hospital partner recently asked for unblinded peer review reports. We discussed best practices for peer review in our study The New Radiology Quality Mandate, but our research didn’t cover the communication of results.

Most poll respondents do not share peer review reports with physician names visible. In fact, 70% of respondents blind physician identity, don’t include physician-specific data on reports, or don’t share peer review results at all.

Poll results

Radiologists discuss growing movement for direct radiologist-patient communication

11% follow an 'other' policy

Respondents who selected “other” generally did so to provide additional context. One specified that results are shared through a PSO, and another explained that their reports are unblinded but only created for Joint Commission OPPE.

Another respondent provides unblinded data but emphasizes that the information is only shared with the appropriate stakeholders: “Our results are submitted with provider-specific data (names and results) to quality committees bound by peer protection statutes only.”

One additional response caught my attention: “We are working on a peer review sharing agreement so there will be free flow in both directions.” A peer review sharing agreement hasn’t come up in any recent conversations I’ve had with members, but it strikes me as an interesting strategy to strengthen radiology alignment.

What do you think? Do the results surprise you? Tell us in the comments section below.

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