Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 46, Issue 8, pp 1165–1172 | Cite as

Pediatric interventional radiology clinic – how are we doing?

  • Jonathan Rubenstein
  • Julie C. Zettel
  • Eric Lee
  • Michelle Cote
  • Albert Aziza
  • Bairbre L. ConnollyEmail author
Original Article



Development of a pediatric interventional radiology clinic is a necessary component of providing a pediatric interventional radiology service. Patient satisfaction is important when providing efficient, high-quality care.


To analyze the care provided by a pediatric interventional radiology clinic from the perspective of efficiency and parent satisfaction, so as to identify areas for improvement.

Materials and methods

The prospective study was both quantitative and qualitative. The quantitative component measured clinic efficiency (waiting times, duration of clinic visit, nurse/physician time allocation and assessments performed; n = 91). The qualitative component assessed parental satisfaction with their experience with the pediatric interventional radiology clinic, using a questionnaire (5-point Likert scale) and optional free text section for feedback (n = 80). Questions explored the family’s perception of relevance of information provided, consent process and overall satisfaction with their pediatric interventional radiology clinic experience.


Families waited a mean of 11 and 10 min to meet the physician and nurse, respectively. Nurses and physicians spent a mean of 28 and 21 min with the families, respectively. The average duration of the pediatric interventional radiology clinic consultation was 56 min. Of 80 survey participants, 83% were satisfied with their experience and 94% said they believed providing consent before the day of the procedure was helpful. Only 5% of respondents were not satisfied with the time-efficiency of the interventional radiology clinic.


Results show the majority of patients/parents are very satisfied with the pediatric interventional radiology clinic visit. The efficiency of the pediatric interventional radiology clinic is satisfactory; however, adherence to stricter scheduling can be improved.


Children Clinic Interventional radiology Pediatric Satisfaction Survey 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflicts of interest



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Rubenstein
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julie C. Zettel
    • 1
  • Eric Lee
    • 1
  • Michelle Cote
    • 1
  • Albert Aziza
    • 1
  • Bairbre L. Connolly
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Image Guided Therapy, Diagnostic ImagingThe Hospital for Sick Children & University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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