A small scale qualitative study to investigate the interaction between psychiatric patients and diagnostic radiographers in one Irish hospital

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dc.contributor.author Farmer, Aoife
dc.contributor.author Davis, Michaela
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-22T14:29:40Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-22T14:29:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 Euro-med Congress for Radiographers en
dc.date.issued 2009-12
dc.identifier.citation European Journal of Radiography en
dc.identifier.issn 1756-1175
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3319
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background: A substantial number of patients with psychiatric illnesses present to the Imaging Department across the Irish Republic each year. Patients who have a psychiatric illness may present difficulties for the radiographer during a radiographic examination. These difficulties may include communication difficulties, and an increased prevalence to become violent due to their illness. Aims: To investigate if radiographers feel confident interacting with psychiatric patients. To ascertain if radiographers need more training in this area of patient interaction. Method: A qualitative approach was used drawing upon six radiographers working in a regional hospital with a psychiatric unit attached. The radiographers were interviewed individually and the results were thematically analysed. Results: The results indicated that the level of the radiographers own confidence in relation to interacting with psychiatric patients was influenced by the number of years since qualification. The majority of radiographers in the study displayed a poor knowledge of psychiatric conditions and how they affect patients. Conclusion: Based upon this small study, the results suggest that newly qualified radiographers do not feel confident in their own abilities when interacting with psychiatric patients and would welcome and benefit from specific training with regards to strategies to deal with psychiatric patients. The radiographers reported that particular areas whichmay be improved upon are more information on psychiatric illnesses, manifestations of different types of psychiatric illness and the subsequent effect on patients. A larger study encompassing the whole of the Republic of Ireland would be valuable as a precursor to a European comparative study in order to investigate this phenomenon at a deeper level. Additionally it is recommended that further research is conducted within a wider European context on student radiographers and lecturers teaching on undergraduate radiography courses to ascertain if this topic is addressed at undergraduate level. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in the European Journal of Radiography. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in the European Journal of Radiography Volume 1, Issue 4, December 2009, Pages 207-212 DOI: 10.1016/j.ejradi.2010.10.001 en
dc.subject Radiographers interaction en
dc.subject Psychiatric patients en
dc.subject.lcsh Medical personnel and patient--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapy patients--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Radiologists--Ireland--Interviews en
dc.subject.lcsh Radiography, Medical--Ireland en
dc.title A small scale qualitative study to investigate the interaction between psychiatric patients and diagnostic radiographers in one Irish hospital en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejradi.2010.10.001 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 1 en
dc.identifier.issue 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 207 en
dc.identifier.endpage 212 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ejradi.2010.10.001
dc.neeo.contributor Farmer|Aoife|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Davis|Michaela|aut| en
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