Thematic analysis of the competencies of the therapy radiographer practising in the linear accelerator

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Abstract

Purpose: In view of the movement of radiography professionals in Europe,
radiographers should be trained and competent to practise in any country. The
literature identifies various competencies for the radiographers practising on
the linear accelerator. The aim of this study was to perform a literature review
to identify the competencies required by therapy radiographers across Europe.
A thematic analysis of these competencies was subsequently performed.
Methods and Materials: A systematic approach was used, where six
databases were searched using selected keywords related to “competencies”,
“radiographer” and “linac”. Following the application of inclusion criteria and
snowballing, publications were identified, competencies of linear accelerator
radiographers were extracted, and a thematic analysis was performed using
NVivo (v11.0).
Results: 28 publications were analysed and 363 competencies were identified.
Thematic analysis resulted in 16 themes and 72 sub-themes that reflects the
competencies of therapy radiographers practising on the linear accelerator.
Themes identified included specific competencies for the therapy radiographer
(e.g. image verification and treatment delivery) and generic competencies
which can be performed by other professionals (e.g. patient care and
research).
Conclusion: This study summarises the key competencies that are
documented and required of these professionals across European to
safeguard the movement of radiography professionals and subsequent patient
safety between countries, these professionals should develop competencies
that are standardised across Europe. These themes can provide all European
stakeholders with a template of the components that should be included in
curriculum design of radiographers’ education.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationECR 2019 the bigger picture BOOK OF ABSTRACTS
Subtitle of host publicationInsights into Imaging
ChapterB-0651
PagesS325-S325
Number of pages1
Volume10
Edition1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Feb 2019
EventEuropean Congress of Radiology 2019 (Vienna, Austria, February 27 - March
3, 2019).
- Vienna, Austria
Duration: 27 Feb 20193 Mar 2019
https://www.myesr.org/past-congresses/ecr-2019

Publication series

NameInsights into Imaging
PublisherSpringer Nature
No.1
Volume10
ISSN (Print)1869-4101

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Congress of Radiology 2019 (Vienna, Austria, February 27 - March
3, 2019).
Abbreviated titleECR2019
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period27/02/193/03/19
Internet address

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Keywords

  • competency, therapy radiographer , linear accelerator

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Couto, J., Mc Clure, P., McFadden, S., Bezzina, P., & Hughes, C. (2019). Thematic analysis of the competencies of the therapy radiographer practising in the linear accelerator. In ECR 2019 the bigger picture BOOK OF ABSTRACTS: Insights into Imaging (1 ed., Vol. 10, pp. S325-S325). [22 (2019)] (Insights into Imaging; Vol. 10, No. 1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13244-019-0713-y
Couto, Jose ; Mc Clure, Patricia ; McFadden, Sonyia ; Bezzina, Paul ; Hughes, Ciara. / Thematic analysis of the competencies of the therapy radiographer practising in the linear accelerator. ECR 2019 the bigger picture BOOK OF ABSTRACTS: Insights into Imaging. Vol. 10 1. ed. 2019. pp. S325-S325 (Insights into Imaging; 1).
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Couto, J, Mc Clure, P, McFadden, S, Bezzina, P & Hughes, C 2019, Thematic analysis of the competencies of the therapy radiographer practising in the linear accelerator. in ECR 2019 the bigger picture BOOK OF ABSTRACTS: Insights into Imaging. 1 edn, vol. 10, 22 (2019), Insights into Imaging, no. 1, vol. 10, pp. S325-S325, European Congress of Radiology 2019 (Vienna, Austria, February 27 - March
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Thematic analysis of the competencies of the therapy radiographer practising in the linear accelerator. / Couto, Jose; Mc Clure, Patricia; McFadden, Sonyia; Bezzina, Paul; Hughes, Ciara.

ECR 2019 the bigger picture BOOK OF ABSTRACTS: Insights into Imaging. Vol. 10 1. ed. 2019. p. S325-S325 22 (2019) (Insights into Imaging; Vol. 10, No. 1).

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Couto J, Mc Clure P, McFadden S, Bezzina P, Hughes C. Thematic analysis of the competencies of the therapy radiographer practising in the linear accelerator. In ECR 2019 the bigger picture BOOK OF ABSTRACTS: Insights into Imaging. 1 ed. Vol. 10. 2019. p. S325-S325. 22 (2019). (Insights into Imaging; 1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13244-019-0713-y