European radiographers’ challenges from mammography education and clinical practice : an integrative review

Metsälä, Eija (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland) ; Richli Meystre, Nicole (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Pires Jorge, José A. (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Henner, Anja (Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland) ; Kukkes, Tiina (Tartu Health Care College, Tartu, Estonia) ; Sá Dos Reis, Cláudia (Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal ; Department of Medical Radiation Science, Curtin University, Perth, Australia)

OBJECTIVES: This study aims to identify European radiographers' challenges in clinical performance in mammography and the main areas of mammography that require more and better training. METHODS: An extensive search was performed to identify relevant studies focused on clinical practice, education and training in mammography published between January 2010 and December 2015 in the English language. The data were analysed by using deductive thematic analysis. RESULTS: A total of 27 full text articles were read, evaluating their quality. Sixteen articles out of 27 were finally selected for this integrative review. The main challenges of radiographers' mammography education/training can be divided into three groups: training needs, challenges related to radiographers, and challenges related to the organization of education. The most common challenges of clinical performance in mammography among European radiographers involved technical performance, the quality of practices, and patient-centeredness. CONCLUSIONS: The introduction of harmonized mammography guidelines across Europe may serve as an evidence-based tool to be implemented in practice and education. However, the variability in human and material resources as well as the different cultural contexts should be considered during this process. TEACHING POINTS: * Radiographers' awareness of their professional identity and enhancing multiprofessional cooperation in mammography. * Radiographers' responsibilities regarding image quality (IQ) and optimal breast imaging performance. * Patient-centred mammography services focusing on the psychosocial needs of the patient. * Challenges: positioning, QC-testing, IQ-assessment, optimization of breast compression, communication, teamwork, and patient-centred care. * Introduction of evidence-based guidelines in Europe to harmonize mammography practice and education.

Article Type:
Technique en radiologie médicale
Unité de recherche en santé, HESAV
16 p.
Published in:
Insights into imaging
Numeration (vol. no.):
June 2017, vol. 8, pp. 329–343
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