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Diagnostic radiographers’ experience of COVID-19, Gauteng South Africa

Authors
  • Lewis, S.1
  • Mulla, F.2
  • 1 Corner Siemert & Beit, University of Johannesburg, Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences, John Orr Building, 6th Floor Office 6304A, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
  • 2 Corner Siemert & Beit, University of Johannesburg, Department of Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences, John Orr Building, 6th Floor Office 6307, Doornfontein, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
Type
Published Article
Journal
Radiography (London, England : 1995)
Publisher
The College of Radiographers. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Publication Date
Sep 18, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2020.09.009
PMID: 33004276
PMCID: PMC7500947
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
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Abstract

Introduction As of July 2020, South Africa (SA) had the fifth highest number of COVID-19 infections in the world, with the greatest contributor of these infections, being the province of Gauteng. Diagnostic radiographers in Gauteng providing chest CT, chest radiograph and MRI services are frontline workers experiencing these unprecedented times. Therefore, this study undertook to explore diagnostic radiographers’ experiences of COVID-19. Methods A qualitative approach using an asynchronous opened-ended online questionnaire was used to explore diagnostic radiographers’ experiences of COVID-19. Responses from purposively sampled diagnostic radiographers in Gauteng SA, underwent thematic analysis. Results Sixty diagnostic radiographers representing both the private and public health sector responded to the questionnaire. Thematic analysis revealed three themes: new work flow and operations, effect on radiographer well-being and radiographer resilience. Conclusion Besides experiencing a shift in their professional work routine and home/family dynamics, diagnostic radiographers’ well-being has also been impacted by COVID-19. Adapting to the “new way of work” has been challenging yet their resilience and dedication to their profession, providing quality patient care and skill expertise is their arsenal to combat these challenges. Implications for practice Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on diagnostic radiographers will allow radiology departments’ management, hospital management, professional bodies and educational institutions to re-evaluate provision of resources, training, employee wellness programs as well as policies and procedures.

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