EuroSafe Imaging 2020
Not applicable, Quality assurance, Education and training, Radiation safety, Education, Digital radiography, CT, Radioprotection / Radiation dose, Radiation physics, Action 10 - EuroSafe Imaging Stars
N. Mahmood, C. Law, R. Curcio, M. Hierath, A. Brady, A. G. Rockall, G. Frija, L. Bonomo, D. Howlett
Conclusion and recommendations
A summary of the results is as follows:
- Response rate of 41% (47/116). 37 of the departmemts were based in the EU and 10 based outside.
- Only 38% of respondents were aware of Esperanto before being sent the survey, and the majority of those (72%), had first heard about it during the ECR 2019 conference.
- Most of the departments familiar with Esperanto said it was mostly useful in terms of clinical relevance and usability. 77% of departments report active engagement in audit, but less than half (49%) have a dedicated clinical audit lead.
- Although most departments (77%) have a clinical audit programme in place, over half of departments (55%) report that these clinical audit programmes will not allow effective compliance with EU-BSS requirements
- 21/47 departments (44.7%) have access to a national radiology audit programme via the relevant National Radiological Society. Two departments do have access but do not participate and all departments expressed a willingness to participate in larger scale pan European surveys although the majority (57.4%) felt additional resources would be needed to support this.
Overall the results demonstrate relatively poor uptake and awareness of Esperanto across the Eurosafe Network. This will need further review. Of note it appears the majority of departments awareness of Esperanto is from the ECR conference highlighting this as a potentially effective way of raising awareness.
Although there has been some increased awareness around developing audit processes, the survey has identified large inconsistencies within the clinical audit infrastructure and processes in place across the network, without which effective clinical audit is more challenging. Ongoing support from the ESR, Natioanl socieities and specialist socieites is fundamental in continuing to promote and develop clinicl audit into radiological practice.