A survey exploring personalised medicine amongst radiography academics within the United Kingdom

Jerome Atutornu, Chris Maverick Hayre

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Abstract

This article explores the application of personalized medicine (PM) within the academic environment in theUnited Kingdom. There is a growing acceptance of the utilityof PM in health care and the role medical imaging can play. Inresponse, this article explored the views and opinions of diagnostic and therapeutic academics and the utilization of PM ineducation.Methods: This study primarily adopted a quantitative approachusing an online survey. However, participants were also encouraged to provide qualitative comments in response to openended questions. The survey was distributed to radiography andradiotherapy academic departments, which received a responserate of 29%.Results: The findings identify some important considerations. Onthe one hand some participants reported teaching PM on their programmes (24%, n ¼ 16), whereas 30% (n ¼ 20) did not. Importantly, the remaining academics (46%) were either unsure or didnot know what PM was. This finding, coincided with qualitativecommentary, highlights some discrepancies linked to knowledgeand understanding of PM within higher education and highlightsareas where academics may need additional support.Conclusion: This article concludes by recognizing the challenges ofdelivering PM by some academics. It is noted that although the findings cannot be fully generalized, it does highlight fragmented understanding of PM among academic staff. This is important to reflectupon following the increasing requirements for radiography tobecome ‘‘more personalized.’’
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
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Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2020

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