Student radiographer attitudes towards the older patient: a longtitudinal study

Booth, Lisa ORCID logo ORCID: , Kada, Sundaran, Satinovic, Milka, Phillips, Peter ORCID logo ORCID: and Miller, Paul K. ORCID logo ORCID: (2017) Student radiographer attitudes towards the older patient: a longtitudinal study. In: UK Radiological Congress, 12-14 June 2017, Manchester Central Convention Centre, Manchester, UK. (Unpublished)

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Background: The ageing population is creating greater pressure on health care services; radiology is no exception. Care of the older population has been reported as inadequate and as a consequence of the Mid-Staffordshire enquiry, care of the older patient has become a central feature of education and training. However little evidence exists as to the effectiveness of this education in the radiography arena.

Method: This longitudinal study evaluated student radiographer attitudes towards older people. In the first phase an educational intervention, aimed at improving student radiographer attitudes towards the older person was designed and implemented. Attitudes were measured pre and post intervention using Kogan's attitudes towards older people scale (KoP). Students were then followed throughout their training to determine any changes in attitudes.

Results: Students held positive attitudes towards older people pre intervention, which increased significantly post intervention (p=0.01). This significance was not noted at 6 and 12 months' post intervention; here average scores reduced to an almost identical level to those found pre-intervention. At 24 months' post intervention attitudinal scores increased, though this was not found to be significant.

Conclusion: The initial results suggested that an educational intervention can have a significant impact on student radiographer's attitudes towards older people. However, the six and twelve months' post intervention scores suggest that these positive attitudes do not endure. Though the 24 months' post intervention findings demonstrate an increase in positive attitudes, these were still lower than the immediate post-intervention.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Departments: Academic Departments > Medical & Sport Sciences (MSS) > Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 12:39
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 17:45


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