Variations in diagnostics present opportunity for improving patient experience says new Atlas of Variation


This week sees the publication of a new Atlas of Variation, focusing on diagnostic services (in England) for the first time.  Readers familiar with the Atlases of Variation will be aware the atlases are designed to highlight variations in services and to encourage commissioners and providers to ask questions to understand if the variations are [read the full story…]

Supporting early diagnosis in primary care


Introduction This good practice guide is a collaborative effort between the Royal College of Radiologists, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Society and College of Radiographers. It has been developed to improve imaging services in the early stages of illness, particularly in primary care, by building strong partnerships between diagnostic imaging departments and [read the full story…]

Descriptive study shows gaps in diagnostic services for adults with ADHD


The researchers in this descriptive study set out to describe the issues facing a pilot service for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) set up in the north east of England. They gathered data on the total number of referrals, the source of referrals, sex ratio, follow-up treatments, and co-morbid diagnosis for the period [read the full story…]