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Use of a proforma for reporting staging CT scans of the thorax

Use of a proforma for reporting staging CT scans of the thorax The aim of this study was to devise a simple proforma for reporting staging CT scans of the thorax, to ensure that all essential information is included on the report, in a logical manner, and that a TNM classification and tumour stage is given. Once the design of the proforma had been agreed, its utilisation and effectiveness was audited. In an initial six month period, every proforma filled in had resulted in a TNM classification being given, although in only 20 out of 40 (50 per cent) had a tumour stage been given. In a subsequent six month period, 39 out of 44 patients (89 per cent) with lung cancer undergoing a staging CT scan had proformas completed, and a TNM classification and tumour stage given (95 per cent CI is (0.75, 0.96)). Therefore, a proforma can be a useful aid to reporting staging scans, and is an effective method of ensuring that tumours are staged as fully as possible, radiologically. In addition, relevant information is presented in a clear format that allows accurate collection of data for audit purposes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Journal of Clinical Governance Emerald Publishing

Use of a proforma for reporting staging CT scans of the thorax

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2002 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1466-4100
DOI
10.1108/14664100210446669
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to devise a simple proforma for reporting staging CT scans of the thorax, to ensure that all essential information is included on the report, in a logical manner, and that a TNM classification and tumour stage is given. Once the design of the proforma had been agreed, its utilisation and effectiveness was audited. In an initial six month period, every proforma filled in had resulted in a TNM classification being given, although in only 20 out of 40 (50 per cent) had a tumour stage been given. In a subsequent six month period, 39 out of 44 patients (89 per cent) with lung cancer undergoing a staging CT scan had proformas completed, and a TNM classification and tumour stage given (95 per cent CI is (0.75, 0.96)). Therefore, a proforma can be a useful aid to reporting staging scans, and is an effective method of ensuring that tumours are staged as fully as possible, radiologically. In addition, relevant information is presented in a clear format that allows accurate collection of data for audit purposes.

Journal

British Journal of Clinical GovernanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2002

Keywords: Classification; Audit

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