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RC 1314 - Enhancing research in radiography: a change of culture

Saturday, March 5, 08:30 - 10:00 Room: D2 Session Type: Refresher Course Topics: Radiographers, Evidence-Based Radiology Add session to my schedule In your schedule (remove)

A-557 08:30

Chairmen’s introduction (part 1)

C. Vandulek1, J. McNulty2;  1Kaposvár/HU, 2Dublin/IE

Learning Objectives

1. To offer recent updates on radiography research initiatives on a European level.
2. To discuss the use of a formal mentoring scheme in improving radiography research capacity.
3. To propose methods for improving evidence-based practice in radiography.

Abstract

Radiographers are responsible for performing imaging procedures in the range of all imaging modalities. Recently, the importance of research in the radiography profession has grown justified by the importance of evidence-based practice within the profession. This session will provide an overview of recent initiatives and developments in the scope of radiographer research at a European level. It will explain the context of radiographer research and examine ways of translating the results of research into best practice.

A-558 08:33

Chairmen’s introduction (part 2)

I.M. Björkman-Burtscher;  Lund/SE
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Learning Objectives

1. To offer recent updates on radiography research initiatives on a European level.
2. To discuss the use of a formal mentoring scheme in improving radiography research capacity.
3. To propose methods for improving evidence-based practice in radiography.

Abstract

Radiographers are responsible for performing imaging procedures in the range of all imaging modalities. Recently, the importance of research in the radiography profession has grown justified by the importance of evidence-based practice within the profession. This session will provide an overview of recent initiatives and developments in the scope of radiographer research at a European level. It will explain the context of radiographer research and examine ways of translating the results of research into best practice.

A-559 08:35

A. Radiography research updates: new collaborations and initiatives in Europe

J. McNulty;  Dublin/IE

Learning Objectives

1. To appreciate the importance and necessity of evidence-based practice.
2. To outline the potential for research collaborations between radiographers both nationally and at European level to broaden the evidence base and enhance the reputation of the profession.
3. To identify practical measures for developing new collaborations and initiatives, using current examples from Europe and beyond.

Abstract

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a driving force underpinning modern healthcare which will lead to enhanced patient safety, improved patient outcomes, and efficiencies in service delivery. It is equally important that educational institutions work towards implementing EBP and research-informed teaching and learning throughout undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and that such content and related activities are vertically integrated through the curriculum so that graduates are better equipped to source, evaluate and practically implement (where appropriate) the latest research. The contribution of radiographers, academic and clinical, to this evidence through undertaking quality research, on any scale, and subsequent dissemination is essential and will also serve to raise the profile and standing of the radiography beyond our profession. Collaboration forms a key part of gaining wider recognition for our research. Such collaboration can start with local, small-scale, interprofessional studies before building progressively to large-scale international funded projects. Many examples exist of how progress can be made in this way. The European Federation of Radiographer Societies aims to continue and grow its support of radiographer-led research at the European level through fostering relationships between individuals and institutions independent of national borders. The development of a unified culture of research and EBP over the next decade would represent a significant milestone for our profession.

A-560 08:58

B. FoRRM: a Formal Radiography Research Mentorship scheme as an instrument for change

C. Malamateniou;  London/UK

Learning Objectives

1. To understand the importance of research in developing the radiography profession.
2. To become familiar with research mentorship schemes as a method of disseminating knowledge, enhancing research capacity and quality and informing evidence based practice.
3. To discuss the practicalities, challenges and opportunities emerging from a dedicated national formal radiography research mentorship scheme in the UK and its feasibility and potential in a European perspective.

Abstract

Radiography is a young, emerging profession, which admittedly lags behind other health care professions in the research arena. Evidence-based practice is not only the way forward for improving practice and keeping up-to-date with recent technological developments but also a necessary tool to make imaging examinations safer and more efficient. Mentoring in research can help build the necessary research capacity for radiographers and create the critical mass of research active radiographers that holds promise for increasing research outputs, research grant income and achieve a change of culture towards research in clinical practice. There are currently many informal mentoring schemes in radiography, including peer mentoring for undergraduate, but also different mentoring schemes for healthcare professionals, where radiographers may participate. This talk will describe the design of a formal radiography research mentoring scheme in the UK, customised to the needs of novice research radiographers, and suggested implementation using an action research methodology. Low-risk ethics and informed written consent were obtained prior to data collection. A focus group, individual semi-structured interviews and surveys were used to inform the final design. This scheme will be launched in the UK as a pilot study between 10 mentor-mentee partnerships. The aims and objectives, mentor and mentee selection and pairing criteria, format of communication between key-stakeholders, co-ordination, mentoring training, networking and feedback and evaluation schemes will also be discussed. The expected impact on career development, personal satisfaction and research awareness will be analysed.

A-561 09:21

C. Translating research evidence into clinical practice

G. Paulo;  Coimbra/PT

Learning Objectives

1. To learn about the barriers and enablers to translating research evidence into clinical practice.
2. To provide guidance on how radiographers can lead change and ensure best practices are in place.
3. To be aware of useful tools for collaboration and dissemination of research evidence (e.g. EFRS Radiography Research Network).

Abstract

Translating research evidence into clinical practice is essential to assure the development of the quality of the healthcare delivered to the patients. Despite the substantial human and financial resources allocated to the development of science and the field of knowledge of healthcare professions, with many peer-review publications, evidence-based practice guidelines and white papers, with proven benefit for patient-oriented outcomes, there are persistent challenges and also barriers in assimilating new research evidence into clinical practice. It is known that the translation of new knowledge into practice occurs through 3 stages: a) awareness; b) acceptance; c) adoption. The major challenge for the next decade is to build solid bridges between clinical and academic environments, with the objective to develop the radiographers' field of knowledge through evidenced-based research, as a process to guarantee that the 3 mentioned stages are fulfilled. The research in radiography is essential for the radiographer professional role development and advance practice, as a tool to increase professional satisfaction. The commitment and involvement of senior and chief radiographers, in the process of translating research evidence into clinical practice, is the key for success of awareness, acceptance and adoption, contributing to the development of best practice. The EFRS Radiography Research Network (www.efrs-rrn.eu) is a powerful tool to promote and share the research that is being developed by radiographers, to exchange experiences, to discuss new professional practices, with the objective to meet the patients’ needs and expectations.

09:44

Panel discussion: Research: the key to advancing the profession of radiography?

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