Development and application of a pilot risk management tool for plain radiography

Pace, R, Kimpton, A and Ebrall, P 2009, 'Development and application of a pilot risk management tool for plain radiography', Chiropractic Journal of Australia, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 110-117.


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Title Development and application of a pilot risk management tool for plain radiography
Author(s) Pace, R
Kimpton, A
Ebrall, P
Year 2009
Journal name Chiropractic Journal of Australia
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 110
End page 117
Total pages 8
Publisher Chiropractors Association of Australia
Abstract To report the development and application of a pilot risk management tool for plain radiography and based on this, to determine whether plain radiographic examination increases the information that may direct or modify a chiropractic care plan. Setting: RMIT University chiropractic teaching clinics. Methods: Five hundred patient files dated between 2004 and 2005 were selected at random, reviewed and analysed using a risk management imaging guideline for plain radiography. Age, gender, percentage referred for radiography, radiological indications for plain radiography, patient status, radiographic anomaly (deviation from norm) identified on plain radiograph, and care plan modification were recorded. Results: Chiropractic care plan modification occurred for 20.4% of the 20.6% patients referred for plain radiography. The mean age for patient files assessed within the guidelines was 35.7 years and age range was 9.5 to 83 years and 51.2% of patients were female. The most common primary radiological indications for plain radiography were evidence of significant/acute trauma to cause fracture or instability (21.4%), chronic regional pain (21.3%) and patient aged greater than 50 years with chronic regional pain (16.5%). The most frequent conditions identified were degenerative joint disease (71.8%) and scoliosis (53.3%).
Subject Chiropractic
Keyword(s) chiropractic
radiography
risk management
radiology
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