Thank you for participating in our survey of Nuclear Medicine (NM) physicians, radiologists working in NM and trainees. The purpose of this survey is to understand the extent to which structured reporting (SR) is used across the UK. While there is literature on its use in radiology, there is nothing available at the moment for NM. Given the sophistication of the NM exam, we expect general use of basic (or Tier 1 as we have defined it) templates; what is unclear is extent of use of higher Tiers
The survey is in 3 parts. Part 1 relates to current use of SR across your department. Part 2 assesses level of agreement on a series of statements. Part 3 gathers basic demographic information and relates to NM trainees.
In total, the survey will take approximately 10 minutes. The information we receive will be anonymised. We thank you for your time and look forward to sharing the results with you!

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* 1. Tier 1 is pre-defined paragraphs and sub-headings. Example headings may include: clinical informationexamination protocol, findings and conclusion.

I use Tier 1 structured reporting:

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* 2. Tier 2, in addition to the sub-headings of Tier 1, includes pre-defined areas to report findings. For example, abdominal imaging would list each organ and require entry of normal or abnormal findings

Tier 2 example
(source: Ganeshan et al 2018)

I use Tier 2 structured reporting:

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* 3. In addition to the tiers above, Tier 3 includes an agreed lexicon for reporting as well as pre-specified measurments or descripters that must be used. There is little free prose in the specified areas, although a separate, dedicated free area may be included.

Tier 3 example
(source: Ganeshan et al 2018)

I use Tier 3 structured reporting:

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* 4. What are the main reasons why SR is used in your department?(check all that apply)

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* 5. What are the main reasons why SR is NOT used in your department (for all scan reporting)?

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* 6. How was the SR template developed?

  National / international format adapted to local use Departmental consensus Committee consensus 1-3 authors with chair approval No single format - each NM physician has developed own template Historical format
TIER 1
TIER 2
TIER 3

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* 7. How effective have you found structured reporting?

  Not at all effective Not effective Neither effective / non-effective Effective Very effective N/A
TIER 1
TIER 2
TIER 3
Overall

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* 8. What is your opinion of structured reporting?

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* 9. Are there indications / modalities where you would support development of national templates?

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* 10. Please indicate your agreement with each of the following statements

  Strongly disagree Partly disagree Neutral Partly agree Strongly agree
When a simple examination (eg planar bone scan) does not show anything abnormal, the report can be limited to a mere "no abnormal findings"
When a complex examination (eg PET-CT) does not show anything abnormal, the report can be limited to a mere "no abnormal findings"
Clinicians usually only read the conclusion of a report
If I do not mention a particular organ or body part, the clinical will assume I have not looked at it closely
Even if the report is short, the clinician will assume I have looked a the examination thoroughly

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* 11. Please indicate your agreement with each of the following statements

  Strongly disagree Partly disagree Neutral Partly agree Strongly agree
When reporting complex examinations it is better to work with separate headings for each organ system
A report should consist of a fixed list of short descriptions of the findings
The simpler the style and vocabulary of a radiology report is, the better the message will be understood
The technical details of the examination should be mentioned explicitly
Clinicians  find NM terminology unfamiliar or difficult to follow
Use of SR in NM allows the clinician to develop a familiarity with unknown terminology

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* 12. Type of institution

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* 13. Number of Consultants reporting NM in your unit

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* 14. Role

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* 15. Thinking of SR in trainee development, please indicate your level of agreement with the statements below

  Strongly disagree Partly disagree Neutral Partly agree Strongly agree
During my training, I have learned how to make a good report
By reading reports of colleagues, I learn how to improve my own reports
Making a good report is a matter of talent: either you are able to make one or you are not
Learning to report should be an obligatory and well-structured part of the training of the NM physician
SR will increase the learning around reporting for trainees
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