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The impact of a short course of study on the performance of radiographers when highlighting fractures on trauma radiographs ('the red dot system')

Mackay, S 2006, 'The impact of a short course of study on the performance of radiographers when highlighting fractures on trauma radiographs ('the red dot system')' , British Journal of Radiology, 79 (942) , pp. 468-472.

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Abstract

This study was set up to determine the effect of a short course of study on radiographers' ability to identify fractures in a trauma context (Red Dot system). The performance of 133 radiographers attending Red Dot courses delivered from April 1999 to September 2003 was evaluated prospectively using a selected sample of radiographs. Assessment of fracture identification occurred before, immediately after and 6 months after the course. The same film set was used and consisted of 30 axial and appendicular cases, 18 with fractures and 12 normal or normal variants. Following a test for normality of the data, a Wilcoxon Signed-Rank Test was selected and paired tests were done between each assessment for sensitivity and specificity. There were significant differences in sensitivity between all three assessments (p0.05), the pre-course/post-course and the post-course/6 month comparison being highly significant (p0.01). Specificity showed significant differences between the pre-course/post-course (p0.01) and the post-course/6 month follow-up scores (p0.05), but no difference was found between the 6 months/pre-course scores. The participants improved their ability to identify fractures and this appears to be as a result of the course. This improvement was not demonstrable after 6 months, although only 30% of participants took part in this follow-up. Radiographers can improve their image interpretation skills from a short course of study, but probably need continuing professional development to maintain these skills.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Radiology
Publisher: British Institute of Radiology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0007-1285
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2009 17:14
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1201

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