Empathy To Reduce Anticipated Negative CT Scanning


About this study

The goal of this study is to develop a clinician-delivered brief narrative (script) for patients undergoing Computed Tomography (CT) scanning of the head, chest or abdomen that introduces clinician attention to patient affect.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Adult patients (>17 years) without history of trauma undergoing CT scanning of the head, chest or abdomen
  • patients with isolated minor head injury (no loss of consciousness
  • Glasgow Coma Scale 15) undergoing CT scanning of the head
  • Clinician must agree with the statement “I believe it is unlikely the CT scan will show a true emergency” and that “My workload and overall circumstance with the patient are appropriate for this study”.

Exclusion criteria: 

  • Patient has a > 20% probability for target illness (e.g., intracranial hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism or surgical abdomen),
  • CT scanning performed for multisystem traumatic injury (e.g., any trauma alert)
  • Hemodynamic instability
  • Respiratory distress
  • Dementia
  • Intoxication
  • Psychiatric instability
  • Threatening or hostile behavior
  • Severe uncontrolled pain
  • Prior participation
  • Expressed intention to leave against medical advice

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

M. Fernanda Bellolio, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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