Radiology Reading Room Huddles: Our Initial Experience.
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 Feb 19:1-7. doi: 10.2214/AJR.18.20423. [Epub ahead of print]
Joshi H1, Heilbrun ME1, Saindane A1, Simoneaux SF2, Rachh P1, Trofimova A1, Kadom N1,2.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to adapt the safety, methods, equipment, supplies, and associates, termed "S-MESA," communication tool from daily management huddles and implement it in radiology reading rooms to address the complexities of daily communications. We collected data on huddle logistics and perceived value from radiologists at an academic institution.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We constructed a 16-item survey composed of multiple-choice questions (single answer and multiple answers), statements requiring Likert scale ratings (from 1 [strongly disagree] to 5 [strongly agree]), and items requiring free text responses. The survey was distributed to 244 radiologists. Answers were collected over a 6-week period.
RESULTS: The response rate was 41% (101/244). The majority of huddles were performed sometimes (59%) or daily or nearly daily (25%), and most lasted 5 minutes or less (83%), which was perceived as "just right" (87.5%). The components discussed more frequently in the huddle were availability (33.5%) and time goals (27%). Task review (19%) and miscellaneous (14%) were not as common. Huddles were valued for facilitating communication and better organizing the workday.
CONCLUSION: Reading room huddles are feasible and perceived as useful. Moving forward, we are planning to integrate reading room huddles with multitier system huddles and include items that are of specific interest to radiology trainees.