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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical radiography practice in low resource settings: The Ghanaian Radiographers’ Perspective.

Akudjedu, T.. N., Botwe, B. O., Wuni, A-R and Mishio, N. A., 2020. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical radiography practice in low resource settings: The Ghanaian Radiographers’ Perspective. Radiography. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2020.10.013


Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the professional practice of all healthcare workers, including radiographers. In the pandemic, clinical practice of radiographers was centred mostly on chest imaging of COVID-19 patients and radiotherapy treatment care delivery to those with cancer. This study aimed to assess the radiographers’ perspective on the impact of the pandemic on their wellbeing and imaging service delivery in Ghana. Methods A cross-sectional survey of practising radiographers in Ghana was conducted online from March 26th to May 6th, 2020. A previously validated questionnaire that sought information regarding demographics, general perspectives on personal and professional impact of the pandemic was used as the research instrument. Data obtained was analysed using Microsoft Excel® 2016. Results A response rate of 57.3% (134/234) was obtained. Of the respondents, 75.4% (n=101) reported to have started experiencing high levels of workplace-related stress after the outbreak. Three-quarters (n=98, 73.1%) of respondents reported limited access to any form of psychosocial support systems at work during the study period. Half (n=67, 50%) of the respondents reported a decline in general workload during the study period while only a minority (n=18, 13.4%) reported an increase in workload due to COVID-19 cases. Conclusion This national survey indicated that majority of the workforce started experiencing coronavirus-specific workplace-related stress after the outbreak. Albeit speculative, low patient confidence and fear of contracting the COVID-19 infection on hospital attendance contributed to the decline in general workload during the study period. Implications for practice In order to mitigate the burden of workplace-related stress on frontline workers, including radiographers, and in keeping to standard practices for staff mental wellbeing and patient safety, institutional support structures are necessary in similar future pandemics.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:COVID-19; Radiographers; Ghana; Pandemic; Personal-protective equipment; Workplace related stress
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:34749
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:30 Oct 2020 06:18
Last Modified:16 Nov 2020 14:39


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