An investigation into breast imaging as part of the undergraduate (UG) education of diagnostic radiography students in the UK.

Strudwick, Ruth and Taylor, Kathryn (2017) An investigation into breast imaging as part of the undergraduate (UG) education of diagnostic radiography students in the UK. Radiography, 23 (2). pp. 141-146. ISSN 1078-8174

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Abstract

Introduction
How mammography is incorporated into undergraduate (UG) radiography training may influence student perception of the specialty and its potential as a future career option. An overview is provided of the academic and clinical content of UG radiography courses relating to mammography across the UK.
Methods

Using mixed methods and an iterative, inductive approach supplying quantitative and qualitative data, we identify any variations and discuss possible causes which may help influence future training strategies.
A self-designed questionnaire containing open and closed questions was sent via online ‘Survey monkey’ to course leaders of all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) offering BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography courses in the UK. Responses were analysed for trends which were further explored by semi structured telephone interviews. These were transcribed and evaluated using a thematic analysis, the themes being categorised and coded

Results

19 of 24(79%) HEIs responded to the questionnaire. Follow up telephone interviews were conducted with five course leaders to further explore themes. Academic teaching ranged from 3 - 25 hours over the 3 year course. Compared to other specialties 10(53%) HEIs spent less time on mammography with 12(63%) citing HCPC standards as the reason. 11(65%) HEIs sent students on mammography placements, 2(12%) sent females only. Placement times ranged between 2 days and 2 weeks. Influences included availability of expert teaching and relationship with clinical departments.

Conclusion

There is variation in undergraduate exposure to. Students views should be sought to add validity to these findings

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diagnostic imaging, breast imaging
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: Ruth Strudwick
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 15:06
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 15:07
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/474

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