Diagnostic radiography : a study in distancing

REEVES, Pauline and DECKER, Sola (2012). Diagnostic radiography : a study in distancing. Radiography, 18 (2), 78-83.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2012.01.001
Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.radi.2012.01.001

Abstract

Aims: This article aims to explore the ways in which diagnostic radiographers use distancing as a tool for emotional management in radiography practice.

Methods: This review utilises data from oral history interviews undertaken as part of a larger study documenting the oral history of the diagnostic radiography profession in the United Kingdom as recounted by 24 participants.

Results: The results are presented as illustrative of various aspects of the role of the diagnostic radiographer including the initial choice of diagnostic radiography as a profession, the endemic use of particular terminology, the nature of the encounter in diagnostic radiography (including that of sectional imaging) and whether the role is really patient-centred.

Conclusions: The article concludes by suggesting that distancing from the patient is mediated by the need for physical touch in order to position the patient for radiography and also makes the suggestion that those opting for diagnostic radiography as a career may do so because they want a profession which is more distanced from the patient and that, even where this is not the case initially, individuals are socialised into adopting the ‘feeling rules’ of the profession. The article concludes by outlining potential areas for further research.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.radi.2012.01.001
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2012 09:29
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2012 09:29
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4956

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