Dr. John Mawson
This is a patient quality improvement study that addresses concerns about long wait times for MRI scans and wait-list management at BCCH. Children and their families need to know that they will get access to their MRIs within a time frame that does not significantly compromise their health or well-being. The system must be fair, providing the sickest children with the fastest access to care without limiting access for those whose needs are less urgent. The first phase of this study will determine the ideal timeline, known as a “benchmark” for obtaining an MRI for children with headaches, inflammatory bowel disease, a heart condition known as tetralogy of Fallot, a type of cancer known as medulloblastoma, and a bone infection known as osteomyelitis. In the second phase, medical records of children with these 5 conditions who had an MRI at BCCH between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 will be reviewed to determine how long they actually waited for their scans.
Lastly, the final phase of the study will aim to determine what resources are needed to ensure that all patients with these conditions have their MRI scans done within the ideal timeline.