A model for understanding diagnostic imaging referrals and complex interaction processes within the bigger picture of a healthcare system

Chandra R. Makanjee, Anne-Marie Bergh, Willem A. Hoffmann
2014 Radiography  
Using experiences from the South African public healthcare system with limited resources, this review proposes a model that captures a holistic perspective of diagnostic imaging services embedded in a network of negotiated decision-making processes. Professional interdependency and interprofessional collaboration, cooperation and coordination are built around the central notion of integration in order to achieve a seamless transition through the continuum of various types of services needed to
more » ... ome to a diagnosis. Health-system role players interact with patients who enter the system from the perspective of their life-world. The distribution of diagnostic imaging services e within one setting or at multiple levels of care e demonstrates how fragments of information are filtered, interpreted and transformed at each point of care. The proposed model could contribute to alignment towards a common goal: services providing holistic quality of care within and beyond a complex healthcare system.
doi:10.1016/j.radi.2014.01.005 fatcat:z7fkfs5ujrhyzp56muarjb24h4