Labelling patients

Strudwick, Ruth (2016) Labelling patients. Radiography, 22 (1). pp. 50-55. ISSN 1078-8174

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Abstract

This article looks at how diagnostic radiographers label their patients.
An ethnographic study of the workplace culture in one diagnostic imaging department was undertaken using participant observation for four months and semi-structured interviews with ten key informants. One of the key themes; the way in which radiographers label their patients, is explored in this article.
It was found from the study that within the department studied the diagnostic radiographers labelled or categorised their patients based on the information that they had. This information is used to form judgements and these judgments were used to assist the radiographers in dealing with the many different people that they encountered in their work.
This categorisation and labelling of the patient appears to assist the radiographer in their decision-making processes about the examination to be carried out and the patient they are to image. This is an important aspect of the role of the diagnostic radiographer.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diagnostic radiography, patient labelling
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: Ruth Strudwick
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 14:51
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 15:13
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/473

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