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AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2012 Jun;198(6):W562-7. doi: 10.2214/AJR.11.7971.

Web-based mammography audit feedback.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of Vermont, Health Promotion Research, Burlington, VT 05401-3444, USA. berta.geller@uvm.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Interpreting screening mammography accurately is challenging and requires ongoing education to maintain and improve interpretative skills. Recognizing this, many countries with organized breast screening programs have developed audit and feedback systems using national performance data to help radiologists assess and improve their skills. We developed and tested an interactive Website to provide screening and diagnostic mammography audit feedback with comparisons to national and regional benchmarks.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Radiologists who participate in three Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium registries in the United States were invited during 2009 and 2010 to use a Website that provides tabular and graphical displays of mammography audit reports with comparisons to national and regional performance measures. We collected data about the use and perceptions of the Website.

RESULTS:

Thirty-five of 111 invited radiologists used the Website from one to five times in a year. The most popular measure was sensitivity for both screening and diagnostic mammography, whereas a table with all measures was the most visited page. Of the 13 radiologists who completed the postuse survey, all found the Website easy to use and navigate, 11 found the benchmarks useful, and nine reported that they intended to improve a specific outcome measure that year.

CONCLUSION:

An interactive Website to provide customized mammography audit feedback reports to radiologists has the potential to be a powerful tool in improving interpretive performance. The conceptual framework of customized audit feedback reports can also be generalized to other imaging tests.

PMID:
22623571
PMCID:
PMC3618689
DOI:
10.2214/AJR.11.7971
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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