EM 4 - EFRS meets Belgium
EM 4 - EFRS meets BelgiumFriday, March 3, 14:00 - 15:30 Room: K Session Type: EFRS meets Belgium Topic: Radiographers Moderators: S. Bogaert (Ghent/BE), H. H. Hjemly (Oslo/NO), A. Tempels (Lodelinsart/BE), G. Alleman (Beernem/BE), J. Greffe (Lodelinsart/BE) Add session to my schedule In your schedule (remove)
1. To give an overview of Belgian radiographers and the radiographers' profession in Belgium.
The European Federation of Radiographer Societies has since 2013 had the pleasure and honour of being invited by the European Society of Radiology to host this dedicated ‘EFRS meets’ session at ECR. During the EFRS meets sessions, radiographers have the opportunity to get information about the role and education of radiographers in the different European countries. In line with the tradition, we choose as our guests the home country of the ECR Congress President. Previous EFRS meets session was in 2013 dedicated Spain, 2014 it was Russia, 2015 we met Germany and last year we met Sweden, and for 2017 EFRS welcomes you all to EFRS meets Belgium. The EFRS meets session will give a picture of the history and challenges of the radiographers profession and education in Belgium and the aims to achieve in the near future. Important items as patient safety, quality improvement and radiation protection will be presented. There will also be focus on Belgium itself, cultural highlights and how Belgium sees the world.
1. To learn about the education system for radiographers in Belgium.
2. To understand the history of the profession and the complexity of the legislation system in Belgium.
3. To become familiar with what has changed in Belgium in the last five years and what aims are to be achieved in the near future.
The Belgian radiographers educational system as well as the radiographers profession are relatively young in comparison with the rest of Europe. Belgium, with its multilingual organisation, is very complex. To get an overview on both themes, education and profession, it is necessary to look at Belgium as a country, to look at the different parliaments/legislation throughout Belgium and to look at how the profession has developed over the last 20 years. Furthermore, we have to look at the changes that have been realised in legislation during the last four years and at the opportunities that are in front of us.
1. To arouse curiosity about Belgian cultural highlights.
2. To explain how Belgium sees Belgium.
3. To discuss how the world sees Belgium.
4. To understand how Belgium sees the world.
What to say about Belgium? Is it as abstract as we think? Not that long ago Belgium was formed, so you would think not a great story. But before that, the Belgians had a great and rich history in Europe as it was the centre for trading luxury goods and great architecture. Today, Belgium is still known as a country with high standards and has many desirable goods such as chocolate and diamonds. On a cultural level, Belgium has many great artists from our medieval Van Eyck, modern Magritte and even Tintin from Hergé could conquer the world. Belgium is seen by the world as very Burgundian. Which is true: the highest density in high-end culinary and gastronomical cuisine can be found in our little country. Conclusion: Belgium stands for a cultural, gastronomical, rich history and a place to discover with many fantastic treats.
1. To promote the implementation of best professional practices in patient positioning; knowledge, attitudes, organisational factors.
2. To highlight the usefulness of the UTAUT model to study professional behaviour outside the context of new technology.
In this study, we focus on the use of fluoroscopy-guided positioning (FGP) techniques in radiography. In Belgium, FGP is common practice. We investigate the importance of knowledge, skills and attitudes of imaging staff and organizational factors with respect to applying non-FGP. In addition, we study the usefulness of the UTAUT-model to investigate the acceptance of non-FGP by Belgian radiographers. A mixed method approach was used. To develop an in-depth understanding of imaging practices, radiographers and radiologists were interviewed (n=40), complemented with non-participative observations (200 hours) and image and document analyses. To study the usefulness of the UTAUT-model, we applied a cross-sectional survey research at 17 Belgian radiology departments. Clinical leadership of radiologist and chief radiographers as well as suitable x-ray devices and positioning aids were identified as important determinants. Furthermore, a lack of skills and knowledge of (advanced) positioning techniques and negative attitudes towards non-FGP was present. More precisely, staff expressed concerns with respect to the impact on the workload and workflow. Adequate supervision, regularly feedback and coaching were identified as important enabling factors for increasing the quality of the applied imaging techniques. The UTAUT model proved to be an adequate model for predicting the acceptance to use non-FGP. The intention to use non-FGP depends on the usefulness, the ease of use of and the positive attitudes towards non-FGP. A holistic approach considering knowledge, attitudes and contextual-organizational factors is needed to improve imaging practices. Clinical leadership of physicians, supervisor and peers are important enablers.
1. To learn about dose limits and radiation protection regulations in Belgium.
2. To explain the daily practice of radiographers in Belgium under the present laws.
3. To promote implementation of radiation protection best practice for radiographers.
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