Experiences of diagnostic radiographers through the Covid-19 pandemic

Naylor, S, Booth, SJ, Harvey-Lloyd, J and Strudwick, R 2021, 'Experiences of diagnostic radiographers through the Covid-19 pandemic' , Radiography .

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Abstract

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. This study highlights the importance of interprofessional working and that further work is required in the promotion of the profession. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2021 The College of Radiographers. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1532-2831 **Article IDs: pubmed: 34736824; pii: S1078-8174(21)00176-0; pmc: PMC8552557 **History: accepted 20-10-2021; revised 19-10-2021; submitted 01-07-2021
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1078-8174
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Funders: College of Radiographers Industrial Partnerships Scheme
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Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 13:41
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2021 13:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62376

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