What’s disrupting your breast screening programme?
The workforce crisis
With fewer staff and a growing shortage in radiologists, there’s more work to do for those who are trained – even though they’re already stretched, anxious, and on the verge of burning out.
Radiologist fatigue and burnout
Higher workloads and tackling new ways of working has led to widespread fatigue, with 61%* of US radiologists rating their anxiety levels at 7/10 or more.
The double-reading effect
The process of double reading works in theory, but it’s hard to deliver in practice without the right staff numbers on hand to carry it out. The risk? Longer waiting times for women.
Single reader workflows mean radiologists tend to err on the side of caution because they don’t have double reading quality. This creates higher recall rates and greater patient anxiety. Something you could do without.
* Impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on healthcare workers: A nationwide survey of United States radiologists