The Radiologist as Direct Public Educator: Impact of Sessions Demystifying Select Cancer Screening Imaging Examinations.

PURPOSE - The aim of this report is to describe our early experience with radiologist-led direct public education about imaging-based cancer screening examinations, with a focus on the level of satisfaction and the educational impact reported by session participants.

METHODS - Subspecialty radiologists provided 1-hour educational sessions to small lay public audiences covering breast, prostate, and lung cancer screening, focusing on key radiologic screening tests. Subsequently, session participants completed a survey pertaining to their levels of satisfaction and the perceived impact of the sessions on knowledge of the diseases and relevant screening tests; results from all topic sessions were pooled for analysis.

RESULTS - One hundred nineteen participants attended a total of 144 sessions. The large majority of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the sessions increased their understanding (95. 4%), they gained information not obtained from clinic visit (88. 1%), seeing radiology images helped their understanding (92. 6%), they felt more involved in their own care (85. 8%), they felt more prepared to undergo screening tests (87. 4%), they were satisfied with the sessions' format (93. 3%) and content (96. 2%), their main questions were answered (88. 3%), they would be interested in similar future radiologist-led sessions (88. 5%), and they would recommend the sessions to friends (93. 9%). The provided information (43. 1%) and images (34. 7%) were identified as the most helpful aspects of the sessions.

CONCLUSIONS - Radiologist-led direct public education sessions about imaging-based cancer screening examinations yield high levels of audience satisfaction and add value to the public's understanding of the role of radiology and radiologists. Our experience may provide an encouraging model for other radiology practices in pursuing similar endeavors.

Journal of the American College of Radiology : JACR. 2016 Feb [Epub]

Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Derek Mason, Nathan M Kunzler, Jiyon Lee

Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York. Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York. , Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York. , Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, New York.

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