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Oncology patients' experience of a routine surveillance CT examination: Relationships and communication

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INTRODUCTION: The question of radiographers' capacity to establish short time relationships as well as decoding patients' needs and expectations simultaneously with performing high technological examination frequently arises in the clinical practice. Additionally, the constant focus on technology and the fact that radiographers work in high productive departments accentuates the issue. Patients' experiences with radiology seem to be a neglected area of research and may help to identify areas for improvement in this highly technological and productive field. The purpose of the study was to explore oncology patients' experiences of a routine surveillance CT examination and their need for relationships and communication with the radiographer as part of the CT examination.

METHODS: The study included patients diagnosed with cancer and in need of a CT examination as part of their course of treatment, and 21 semi-structured interviews were conducted. The interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis. Themes were constructed and narratively reported. To increase validity, the themes were identified, discussed and formulated by the author group.

RESULTS: Four themes were constructed based on the analysis: 1: The professional radiographer, 2. Disease and treatment, 3. The examination environment and 4: While waiting.

CONCLUSION: The lack of focus on radiographers' capacity to establish relations, to consider each patient as an individual human being and being able to show sincere interest and empathy were highlighted. Findings illuminated the patient's need for relationship and communication with the radiographer as part of a CT examination.

Original languageEnglish
JournalRadiography (London, England : 1995)
Volume25
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)308-313
Number of pages6
ISSN1078-8174
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Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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