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Table 1 Preferred Terms

From: Mapping Turnaround Times (TAT) to a Generic Timeline: A Systematic Review of TAT Definitions in Clinical Domains

Nr. Preferred term Similar terms/Synonyms
1 Admission ▪ Hospitalization
   ▪ Arrival at department
2 Order ▪ Request
3 Biopsy/Examination ▪ Collection of specimen
   ▪ Sampling
   ▪ (Operation) procedure
   ▪ Dialysis Treatment started
   ▪ Anaesthesia started
   ▪ Endoscopist enters room
   ▪ Start image production
4 Receipt of specimen in laboratory ▪ Patient leaves examination room
   ▪ Dialysis treatment finished
5 Procedure completion ▪ Result available
   ▪ Completion of examination
   ▪ X-ray completion
   ▪ Image ready
   ▪ Processed angiogram
   ▪ Notification of a scan (teleradiology)
   ▪ Blood component ready
   ▪ Image production
6 Interpretation ▪ Image display in ward
   ▪ First diagnosis available
7 Dictation  
8 Transcription ▪ Typing
   ▪ Documentation system available
9 Verification ▪ Report signing
   ▪ Review
   ▪ Documentation finished
10 Report Available ▪ Final diagnosis in registry
11 Delivery ▪ Report Delivery
   ▪ Faxing of Preliminary Report (teleradiology)
   ▪ Arrival blood components
   ▪ Arrival medication
12 Physician views report ▪ Physician views result
13 Treatment ▪ Appropriate treatment
   ▪ Patient treatment
   ▪ Medication administration
14 Discharge ▪ Transfer (internally/externally)
   ▪ Issue of exit sheet
15 Discharge Letter sent  
  1. The table shows preferred terms and their synonyms for 15 points in time. They were identified through a consensus process while analysing starting and end points of the reviewed TAT definitions. These terms were used to illustrate the definitions on a generic timeline.