Using innovation to improve children's experience during MRI

Authors: Seyed Esfahani, M. and Mills, S.

Conference: International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)

Dates: 4-7 June 2023

ISBN: 9789526506937


Over the past decade, there has been a 35% increase in the number of children requiring general anaesthetic (GA) for medical imaging, with 20% of children needing a GA to achieve successful Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of diagnostic quality (Anwar et al. 2022; Sum et al. 2019). While interventions have been introduced to help children go through MRI awake, none have comprehensively considered the feasibility of implementation, flexibility, or personalization of the intervention, nor have children been included as co-creators of the interventions. Moreover, there is a lack of research on children with neurodiverse needs. To fill this gap, this project aims to develop a patient participatory approach to investigate the paediatric patient journey, co-design and evaluate interventions, and explore the experiences of children between the ages of four and 10, including those with autism, referred to University Hospitals Dorset for MRI scans. By improving the patient experience, this research can not only enable prompt diagnosis and treatment but also affect patient attitudes, treatment compliance, and future healthseeking behaviours, ultimately improving the overall health of the population.

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