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Journal:   TOLOO-E-BEHDASHT   APRIL-MAY 2016 , Volume 15 , Number 1 (55) ; Page(s) 127 To 136.
 
Paper: 

EVALUATION OF PATIENTS' KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE RISKS OF IONIZING RADIATIONS USED IN IMAGING CENTERS OF YAZD HOSPITALS IN 1393

 
 
Author(s):  CHAPARIAN A.*, BAGHERI LORI S., SHAMSI F.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL PHYSICS, SHAHID SADOUGHI UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, YAZD, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Patients need to be informed of the risks of ionizing radiation used in medical imaging procedures to make appropriate decisions in regard with the diagnosis and treatment trend of their disease. Hence, this study aimed to assess the awareness of radiation risks associated with radiological and CT scans tests among the referring patients to imaging centers of Yazd hospitals.
Methods: This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted on 251 patients during April- May in 2014. In order to glean the study data, a questionnaire with 33 questions was applied consisting of questions on demographic information, knowledge about different methods of imaging and associated probable risks, as well as patients' expectations from the doctors.
Results: The mean score of patients’ awareness was 56.21% with a standard deviation of 16.78%. A significant relationship was observed between age, gender and educational degree of the patients with their knowledge. While 95.6% of patients expected their doctors to explain them the benefits and risks of each test, only 6% of physicians made the patients aware of such benefits and risks.
Conclusion: Patients’ knowledge can play an important role in reduction of unnecessary imaging tests. Moreover, despite a strong desire in patients for obtaining the required awareness, their knowledge in this topic was not demonstrated to be satisfactory. Hence, some strategies demand to be applied to increase the patients’ awareness.

 
Keyword(s): KNOWLEDGE, MEDICAL IMAGING, PATIENTS, RADIATION EFFECTS
 
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