Who should deliver patients' breast biopsy results?

By Kate Madden Yee, AuntMinnie.com staff writer

November 11, 2015 --

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Patients want to hear breast biopsy results from the healthcare provider who ordered the test, even if they perceive radiologists as important to their care, a group from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has found.

The finding contradicts calls from radiology organizations for their members to interact directly with patients, noted Dr. Jordana Phillips and colleagues.

In this Wednesday afternoon presentation, Phillips will share results from a study that assessed who patients want to hear from after image-guided breast biopsy procedures. The study consisted of an anonymous survey offered to patients in March of this year, before and after their biopsy.

Although 100% of participating patients felt that the breast radiologist was an important part of the breast care team, only 64% knew that the radiologist was a physician; 25% believed the radiologist was actually a technologist, and 7% were unsure.

The survey found that patients have distinct preferences as to who delivers their biopsy result, with more than 50% wanting results from the provider who ordered the test, regardless of the time point in their care, according to Phillips and colleagues. In comparison, 19% to 22% wanted results from breast radiologists.

Although patients value breast radiologists, they prefer to hear biopsy results from their ordering provider. Further study could shed additional light on patients' preferences and their understanding of the breast radiologist's role, the group concluded.

Last Updated np 11/10/2015 1:36:00 AM