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Radiography - How do students understand the concept of radiography?

Lundgren, Solveig; Lundén, Maud and Andersson, B. T. LU (2014) In Radiography 21(2). p.68-73
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Background: Radiography as a concept has mainly been associated with the functional role of the radiographer. The concept has been studied from a theoretical point of view. However, there is a lack of a theoretical foundation and research on the actual substance of the term radiography used in education. It is therefore important to undertake an investigation in order to determine how students after three years education understand the subject of radiography. Aim: The aim of this study was to analyse how students in the Swedish radiographers' degree program understand the concept of radiography. Method: A concept analysis was made according to the hybrid model, which combines theoretical, fieldwork and analytical phases. A summative... (More)

Background: Radiography as a concept has mainly been associated with the functional role of the radiographer. The concept has been studied from a theoretical point of view. However, there is a lack of a theoretical foundation and research on the actual substance of the term radiography used in education. It is therefore important to undertake an investigation in order to determine how students after three years education understand the subject of radiography. Aim: The aim of this study was to analyse how students in the Swedish radiographers' degree program understand the concept of radiography. Method: A concept analysis was made according to the hybrid model, which combines theoretical, fieldwork and analytical phases. A summative content analysis was used to identify the number and content of statements. The empirical data were collected from questionnaires answered by radiography students at four universities in Sweden. Findings: All radiography students' exemplified radiography with statements related to the practical level although some of them also identified radiography at an abstract level, as a subject within a discipline. The attribute 'An interdisciplinary area of knowledge' emerged, which is an attribute on the abstract level. The practical level was described by four attributes: Mastering Medical Imaging', 'To accomplish images for diagnosis and interventions', 'Creating a caring environment' and 'Enabling fruitful encounters'. Conclusion: The hybrid model used was a versatile model of concept development. The results of this study have increased the understanding of what characterizes the concept of radiography in a Swedish context.

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Concept analysis, Education, Hybrid model, Radiography, Summative analysis
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68 - 73
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10.1016/j.radi.2015.01.005
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  author       = {Lundgren, Solveig and Lundén, Maud and Andersson, B. T.},
  issn         = {1078-8174},
  keyword      = {Concept analysis,Education,Hybrid model,Radiography,Summative analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {09},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {68--73},
  publisher    = {W.B. Saunders Ltd},
  series       = {Radiography},
  title        = {Radiography - How do students understand the concept of radiography?},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2015.01.005},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2014},
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