Patient obesity and the practical experience of the medical imaging professional: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

Woods, Amanda L., Miller, Paul K. ORCID logo ORCID: and Sloane, Charles ORCID logo ORCID: (2015) Patient obesity and the practical experience of the medical imaging professional: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. In: UK Radiological Congress (UKRC), 29 June - 1 July 2015, ACC Liverpool, UK.

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Aims: The purpose of this study was to discover the issues and problems that diagnostic imaging professionals encounter when imaging bariatric patients.

Method: A qualitative methodological approach was utilised which involved interviewing 8 clinical radiographers with experience ranging from 5 to 35 years. Five of the participants were active reporting radiographers. The subjects were involved in both the acquisition and interpretation of plain radiographic images. The interviews were analysed via Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis which generated a series of key themes which highlighted significant challenges faced by imaging staff when imaging the bariatric patient.

Outcomes: Four superordinate themes were identified which were: Communication issues, practical problems associated with image acquisition, technical difficulties related to equipment and issues related to effective diagnosis.

Discussion: The paper discusses the implications of the results for education, further research and the dissemination of best practice. Issues related to suboptimal image quality, embarrassment issues for both patients and staff and challenges related to safe manual handling.

Conclusion: The author will present a series of recommendations e.g. the dissemination of good practice and identify areas of further research such as the need to consult patients in relation to the most appropriate method of discussing potentially sensitive or embarrassing issues related to the practical conduct of imaging procedures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Departments: Academic Departments > Medical & Sport Sciences (MSS) > Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 10:59
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 14:00


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