Dementia and clinical interaction in frontline radiography: mapping the practical experiences of junior clinicians in the UK

Miller, Paul K., Booth, Lisa and Spacey, Adam (2017) Dementia and clinical interaction in frontline radiography: mapping the practical experiences of junior clinicians in the UK. Dementia .

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217700742

Abstract

This paper reports findings from a study of the practical experiences of junior diagnostic radiographers in the UK when managing patients with dementia. Extended semi-structured interviews with six participants (mean experience in diagnostic radiography = 3.5 years) were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Findings highlight that participants’ recurrently-cited lack of confidence around their knowledge of dementia, and regular treatment of the condition as a ‘generic’ thing in practice, had sometimes damaged clinical interaction, particularly when the participant was feeling institutional time pressures. Education for new professionals was seen as lacking in both quantity and context-relevance, with implications for professional confidence and ethical practice. Carers and family members were viewed by participants as potentially positive and negative forces within an examination context, and technological advances in radiography were taken to be clinically advantageous, but also actively detrimental to the effective interpersonal care of their patients.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Dementia
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1741-2684
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Medical and Sports Sciences > Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2017 09:41
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 02:08
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2708

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