The first patient-friendly summary of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria was published online in JACR.
Judgmental-sounding phrases in the medical vernacular may be distressing to patients and should be changed.
Radiologists participate in the full continuum of care for patients and thus have the opportunity to improve every phase of patient care.
Doctors and patients should partner with each other on the path to patient-centered care and improved physician satisfaction.
Assessing the influence of healthcare outcomes as compared to provider "patient friendliness" is difficult.