Qualitative content analysis of image interpretation education in UK pre-registration diagnostic radiography programmes

J. Hewis, J. Harcus, V. Pantic

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Abstract

Introduction: Image interpretation is a required capability for all UK pre-registration programmes in diagnostic radiography to meet the needs of graduate practice. It also provides a potential educational foundation for future advanced clinical practice. The aim of this study was to explore how image interpretation education is designed, delivered, and assessed within contemporary UK pre-registration diagnostic radiography programmes. Methods: Qualitative content analysis of open-source image interpretation curriculum data extracted from UK Higher Education Institute (HEI) websites. Results: Extracted search data was initially coded and three overarching themes emerged, image interpretation education vision, operationalisation, and delivery and assessment. Conclusion: This study identified significant heterogeneity in all aspects of UK pre-registration image interpretation education which may suggest an equal heterogeneity can be expected in the image interpretation knowledge, skill, confidence between newly registered practitioners. Implications for practice: There may be a need for clearer expectations on HEIs by professional and regulatory bodies to ensure consistency in pre-registration image interpretation education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080-1086
Number of pages7
JournalRadiography
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online dateAug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

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