A survey exploring personalised medicine amongst radiography academics within the United Kingdom

Atutornu, Jerome and Hayre, Christopher (2020) A survey exploring personalised medicine amongst radiography academics within the United Kingdom. Journal of medical imaging and radiation sciences. ISSN 1939-8654

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This article explores the application of personalized medicine (PM) within the academic environment in the United Kingdom. There is a growing acceptance of the utility of PM in health care and the role medical imaging can play. In response, this article explored the views and opinions of diagnostic and therapeutic academics and the utilization of PM in education.


This study primarily adopted a quantitative approach using an online survey. However, participants were also encouraged to provide qualitative comments in response to open-ended questions. The survey was distributed to radiography and radiotherapy academic departments, which received a response rate of 29%.


The findings identify some important considerations. On the one hand some participants reported teaching PM on their programmes (24%, n = 16), whereas 30% (n = 20) did not. Importantly, the remaining academics (46%) were either unsure or did not know what PM was. This finding, coincided with qualitative commentary, highlights some discrepancies linked to knowledge and understanding of PM within higher education and highlights areas where academics may need additional support.


This article concludes by recognizing the challenges of delivering PM by some academics. It is noted that although the findings cannot be fully generalized, it does highlight fragmented understanding of PM among academic staff. This is important to reflect upon following the increasing requirements for radiography to become “more personalized.”

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personalized medicine, academia, quantitative, qualitative, survey, radiography, radiotherapy
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2020 08:39
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 07:59
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1300

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