ACR issues patient-centered appropriateness criteria

The American College of Radiology (ACR) released announced new appropriateness criteria to get patients more involved in their own care. The criteria encompass 237 evidence-based guidelines that are part of an effort to shift toward more patient- and family-centered care.

“We expect ordering physicians, radiologists and patients will welcome these summaries. They can help providers explain why they are requesting a certain imaging test or no test at all. This helps patients more fully participate in their care and promotes a better doctor-patient relationship,” said Bruce J. Hillman, MD, editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, in the release. “They also will promote radiologists’ involvement in the health care team,” he added.

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