While this has always seemed intuitively correct to me, new research supports it. In his book, “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach To Success,” Adam Grant discusses a study involving radiologists. Half of them received CT scans to review, and the other half received the CT scan along with a photo of the patient.
The result? Attaching a patient’s photo increased diagnostic accuracy by 46 percent. In fact, around 80 percent of the key diagnostic findings came only when the radiologists saw the patient's photo.(And these numbers are in the context of seeing if the radiologists could detect abnormalities unrelated to the primary reason for the exam.)
Wait, there's more, as the late night infomercials proclaim. Showing the photos encouraged empathy. For the CT scans accompanied by a patient's photo, the radiologists wrote reports that were 29 percent longer.
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