A comparative study about motivations, expectations and future plans for professional development in four European radiography programs

Sá dos Reis, Cláudia (Department of Medical Radiation Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia ; Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa/Instituto Politecnico de Lisboa (ESTeSL/IPL), Portugal) ; Pires Jorge, José A. (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; York, H. (University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK) ; Flaction, Laurence (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Johansen, S. (Oslo Metropolitan University (OMU), Oslo, Norway ; Department of Oncology (AKB), Division of Cancer Medicine, Surgery and Transplantation (KKT), Oslo University Hospital (OUS), Norway) ; Maehle, S. (Oslo Metropolitan University (OMU), Oslo, Norway)

Introduction This study aims to compare motivations, expectations and work plans of students and teaching-staff from four different European radiography programs, it aims also to explore areas that could be included to advance post graduate studies. Methods Two different questionnaires (open- and closed-end questions) were applied to key-informants, students who had just completed their bachelor thesis and teaching-staff, to collect data regarding motivations, expectations, challenges and potentials for radiography education and, plans for further work. Descriptive statistics and thematic analysis were performed according to the nature of the questions. Results The response rates were 45% (students) and 68% (teaching-staff). The motivations to study radiography were similar between students: to work in a healthcare-service, helping people, manipulating high-end technologies, providing service while combining different knowledge (physics, patient-care, physiology, anatomy). 75% of the students did not reach all their expectations due to the lack of focused and updated content for some areas. The teaching-staff were expecting an extension of the radiographers' role. The development of advance studies in computed tomography and magnetic resonance was highlighted as important by students. Future work plans included: self-improvement, continuation of studies, specialization, research and collaborations. Conclusions This study increased the understanding of radiography education and provides insights into future perspectives. Participants have similar motivations, expectations and future plans. Improvements in education should focus on technological developments and meeting job market demands. Further studies should be performed to identify approaches that acknowledge the specific needs of each country, while also providing strategies to harmonize radiography education in Europe.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
Branch:
Technique en radiologie médicale
School:
HESAV
Institute:
Unité de recherche en santé, HESAV
Subject(s):
Santé
Date:
2018-11
Pagination:
7 p.
Published in:
Radiography
Numeration (vol. no.):
November 2018, vol. 24, no 4, pp. e91-e97
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ISSN:
1078-8174
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