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Research and evidence-based practice in clinical radiography: A systematic review of barriers and recommendations for a new direction.

Al Balushi, H., Watts, H. and Akudjedu, T. N., 2024. Research and evidence-based practice in clinical radiography: A systematic review of barriers and recommendations for a new direction. Radiography, 30 (2), 538-559.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2024.01.012


Introduction: Existing literature provides valuable insight into the application of evidence-based practice (EBP) in Radiography; however, it primarily focuses on localised, context-specific scenarios within individual countries or institutions. This review aims to systematically explore the barriers to EBP and research implementation in clinical Radiography practice internationally. Methodology: A mixed-method systematic review was implemented to obtain data from primary studies of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods designs. Articles were searched between June and July 2023 from the following scientific databases: PubMed, Medline, CINAHL, Science Direct and manual search dating from 2003 to July 2023. The reviewed studies were subjected to data extraction and results-based convergent synthesis. Results: A total of 376 articles were identified through electronic database search and citation screening after the removal of duplicates. Thirty-one studies met the predetermined inclusion criteria and were included for this review. The challenges to EBP implementation in clinical Radiography are broadly themed around professional and personal obligations, motivation and organisational culture, knowledge and skill gaps, resources and opportunities, and institutional governance. Conclusion: Globally, clinical radiographers perceived a high level of motivation and interest towards research activities. However, numerous barriers were reported such as insufficient time allocation for research, lack of resources, lack of research culture and inadequate research-related skills and knowledge. A transition towards greater evidence-based practice precipitates the quality of clinical Radiography services, augmenting efficiency in the workflow process and enriching patient experience. Implications for practice: Radiography managers must develop strategies that aim to stimulate radiographers to initiate research projects. Beyond allocation of protected time, managers should inspire staff participation in research activities through implementation of effective departmental level culture and governance for quality service delivery and improved patient care.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Knowledge translation; Medical imaging; Radiography; Radiotherapy; Medical radiation science
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39519
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:22 Feb 2024 10:24
Last Modified:22 Feb 2024 10:24


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