The ESR representing more than 120,000 radiologists and acting as the umbrella organisation of all European national radiological societies and subspecialty societies is taking an increasing interest in the needs and expectations of patients.
In 2013, the European Society of Radiology began taking its communication with patient groups to another level, and at the society’s annual meeting, the European Congress of Radiology, the ESR Patient Advisory Group (ESR-PAG)  was launched (Fig. 1).
Being the first of its kind the group is chaired by a...
Description of activity and work performed
Call for interest
The ESR-PAG seeks to enhance its membership to advocate for a patient-centred approach within radiology across Europe and to maintain a close alignment between professionals and the patient community.
Development of a new strategy to promote patient-centredness in radiology and increase involvement in the work of the ESR
Developments in medical imaging and the rapidly evolving patient-doctor relationship encourage the European Society of Radiology Patient Advisory Group (ESR-PAG), bringing together imaging professionals and patients, to continuously strive for an even higher level...
Conclusion and recommendations
The ESR-PAG is a group of committed patient ambassadors that gives a unique voice to patients in the area of medical imaging. The ESR-PAG strongly believe that close collaboration is key to building a mutually beneficial relationship between patients and the radiology community in the interest of increased patient involvement, perspective, needs and expectations.
C. Cruwys; Haute Vienne/FR - nothing to disclose J. van Riet; Brussels/BE - nothing to disclose B. Bauer; Vienna/AT - nothing to disclose N. van Hoylandt; Brussels/BE - nothing to disclose
Birgit Bauer, March 2020, chairperson, ESR Patient Advisory Group,
Cheryl Cruwys and Nancy van Hoylandt joined the ESR-PAG in 2019.
Jonas van Riet, Department of European and International Affairs
ESR Patient Advisory Group: Patient Information; the most important stakeholder in radiology: the patient.
ESR European Society of Radiology; May 2019, press release, article 2529, ESR Patient Advisory Group launches ambitious new strategy.