Creating a Radiology Quality and Safety Program: Principles and Pitfalls

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Department of Radiology

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Health and Medical Administration | Health Services Administration | Radiology


All radiology departments are now expected to create organized and comprehensive quality and safety (QS) programs. No matter the department size, there are fundamental principles that should be at the core of each program. "Just culture" and culture of safety are essential principles in establishing effective programs. Physician leaders of QS programs must involve stakeholders, define program goals, and develop an effective program structure. QS programs should establish reliable quality assurance and patient safety systems. Integrating continuous quality improvement and learning into the department and prioritizing patient and referring clinician experiences will enhance outcomes. Physician QS leaders will face common obstacles in program development and management. Heightened awareness of these obstacles and understanding potential solutions will help programs succeed. Leveraging resources offered by professional societies and engaging in radiology QS community networks will provide ongoing support for program leaders.

DOI of Published Version



Radiographics. 2018 Oct;38(6):1786-1798. doi: 10.1148/rg.2018180032. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc

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