Compliance Rate of Adequate Filling of Radiology Request Forms in a Lagos University Teaching Hospital
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Radiology request forms are essential communication tools used by hospitals and doctors referring patients for radiological investigations, however, their importance is highly underestimated. The clinician is required to give brief clinical history by filling the reason for referral as this helps radiologists to better understand the patient’s condition; so that the required expertise can be utilized. The aim of the research is to evaluate the adequacy of patient data and clinical information filled in the request forms sent to the Radiodiagnosis Department by the referring clinicians. Descriptive study design was used to find out the compliance rate of filling radiology request forms as indicated by referring physicians. The average number of request forms received on a daily basis in the Radiodiagnosis department of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) was 62. A non probabilistic Quota sampling method was used to select 300 request forms over a period of 3 months which are representation of variety of examinations from different departments within LUTH. The study revealed a relatively high number of uncompleted fields in the radiology request forms in LUTH.
Irurhe NK, Sulaymon FA, Olowoyeye OA, Adeyomoye AAO. Compliance Rate of Adequate Filling of Radiology Request Forms in a Lagos University Teaching Hospital. World Jour of Medical Sciences. 2012; 7 (1): 10-12