An exploration of mammographers’ attitudes towards the use of social media for providing breast screening information to clients

Scragg, B, Shaikh, S, Shires, G, Stein Hodgins, J, Mercer, CE, Robinson, L and Wray, J 2017, 'An exploration of mammographers’ attitudes towards the use of social media for providing breast screening information to clients' , Radiography .

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Abstract

Background: Increasingly patients and clients of health services are using social media to locate information about medical procedures and outcomes. There is increasing pressure for health professionals to engage in on-line spaces to provide clear and accurate information to their patient community. Research suggests there are some anxieties on the part of practitioners to do this. This study aimed to explore the attitudes of the NHS breast screening programme workforce towards engaging in online discussions with clients about breast screening. Method: 78 practitioners, representing a range of professional roles within the NHS Breast Screening Programme, attended one of 4 workshops. We used a Nominal Group Technique to identify and rank responses to the question: “What are the challenges that practitioners face in using SoME as part of their role?” Responses were categorised into themes. Participants were also asked to identify solutions to these challenges. Results: Challenges: We identified two overarching themes: (1) Working within boundaries: which was further categorised into (a) Professional/legal accountability; (b) Information accuracy and (c)Time as a boundary, and (2) Support: further categorised into (a) Employer and (b) Manager . Solutions: These included: training in technical and interactional aspects of on-line communication and a responsibility to better understand employer and professional body SoMe policies.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1078-8174
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Funders: College of Radiographers
Depositing User: Dr Leslie Robinson
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 11:54
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2017 08:36
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42094

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