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Value-based radiology: what is the ESR doing, and what should we do in the future?

CollaborationWith : Brady, Adrian P. / Visser, Jacob / Frija, Guy / Bargalló, Núria / Rockall, Andrea / Brkljacic, Boris / Fuchsjäger, Michael / Birch, Judy / Becker, Minerva / Kröncke, Thomas
Published in Insights into imaging. 2021, vol. 12, no. 1, 108

Value-based radiology (VBR) is rapidly gaining ground as a means of considering the input of radiology practice into individual and societal healthcare, and represents a welcome move away from older metrics focused on counting studies performed, without consideration of whether these studies contributed positively to patient management or to society as a whole. Intrinsic to the process of considering whether radiology activity confers value is recognising the breadth of involvement of radiology in healthcare delivery; previous ESR and multi-society publications have explored this, and have sought to highlight the many ways in which our specialty contributes to patient welfare. This paper is intended to highlight some current ESR activities which already contribute substantially to value creation and delivery, and to outline a selection of practical steps which could be taken by the ESR in the future to enhance value.

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Value-based radiology (VBR) is a conceptual means of looking at the benefits conferred on patients and on society as a whole by provision of radiology services, as opposed to older means of counting numbers of radiology studies performed, without consideration of whether or not those studies contributed overall value. VBR will become increasingly important in the future as a means of determining resources. The ESR has been a leader in advancing VBR concepts and educating radiologists about this novel way of looking at what we do. This paper is designed to highlight current ESR activities which contribute value to healthcare, and to consider other ways in which the ESR could potentially support value enhancement in the future.

Keywords Clinical decision supportCommunicationEducationPatientsValue-based radiology
PMID: 34318401
PMCID: PMC8316510
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Research group Groupe Becker Minerva (imagerie ORL) (683)
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EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF RADIOLOGY (ESR). Value-based radiology: what is the ESR doing, and what should we do in the future?. In: Insights into imaging, 2021, vol. 12, n° 1, p. 108. doi: 10.1186/s13244-021-01056-9 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:157958

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