Experiences of Diagnostic Radiographers through the Covid-19 pandemic

Naylor, Sarah, Booth, Sarah, Harvey-lloyd, Jane and Strudwick, Ruth (2021) Experiences of Diagnostic Radiographers through the Covid-19 pandemic. Radiography, 28 (1). pp. 187-192. ISSN 1078-8174

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Diagnostic Radiography plays a major role in the diagnosis and management of patients with Covid-19. This has seen an increase in the demand for imaging services, putting pressure on the workforce. Diagnostic radiographers, as with many other healthcare professions, have been on the frontline, dealing with an unprecedented situation. This
research aimed to explore the experience of diagnostic radiographers working clinically during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Influenced by interpretative phenomenology, this study explored the experiences of diagnostic radiographers using virtual focus group interviews as a method of data collection.
Data were analysed independently by four researchers and five themes emerged from the data. Adapting to new ways of working, feelings and emotions, support mechanisms, self protection and resilience, and professional recognition.
The adaptability of radiographers came across strongly in this study. Anxieties attributed to the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), fear of contracting the virus and spreading it to family members were evident. The resilience of radiographers working throughout this pandemic came across strongly throughout this study. A significant factor for coping has been peer support from colleagues within the workplace. The study highlighted the lack of understanding of the role of the radiographer and how the profession is perceived by other health care professionals.
Implications for practice
This study highlights the importance of interprofessional working and that further work is required in the promotion of the profession.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19, interprofessional working, professional identity, Radiography
Subjects: R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: Ruth Strudwick
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2021 09:46
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2023 10:52
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2042

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