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Study Becomes a Person

Posted Apr 09 2009 6:08pm

“When Dr. Yehonatan N. Turner regan his residency in radiology, he was frustrated that the CT scans he analyzed revealed nothing about the patients behind them-only their internal organs”  starts the article in yesterday’s New York Times.  To get a real feel his work, he began to pretend that each patient was his own father.  He soon came up with a better idea.  He asked to have a photograph of each patient.

A rather unusual study grew out of this practice and the findings were surprising.  When a photo is attached to the patient’s file radiology reports were longer, more meticulous, included more recommendations.

Quoting Dr. Jonathan Halevey “When there is a picture, your attitude and approach changes-the human aspect is inserted.”

What a simple and effective way to practice better medicine and enhance the work lives of radilogists.

Radiologist Adds a Human Touch:Photos

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