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Australian rural radiographers' perspectives on disclosure of their radiographic opinion to patients


Squibb, K and Bull, RM and Smith, A and Dalton, L, Australian rural radiographers' perspectives on disclosure of their radiographic opinion to patients, Radiography, 21, (1) pp. 25-29. ISSN 1078-8174 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.radi.2014.05.006


The role of Australian rural radiographers in radiographic interpretation, communication and disclosure of their radiographic opinion with a specific focus on plain film radiography was examined in a two phase, exploratory interpretive study. Data were collected using questionnaires and interviews and analysed thematically. This reports one of the key themes identified in the thematic data analysis. ‘Disclosure of Radiographic Opinion to Patients’ comprises the three interrelated sub-themes Acting Ethically, Selective Disclosure and Filtered Truth. It is wholly concerned with the ways in which rural radiographers choose to disclose their radiographic opinion to patients. Without a clear picture of where they stand medico-legally, rural radiographers draw on experience and a strong ethical framework as the basis for these complex decisions. Rural radiographers frame their disclosures to patients in a manner that is governed by the diagnostic, therapeutic and emotional impact the information disclosed may have on the patient. Disclosure to patients was found to be selective, often diagnostically vague and ethically filtered.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rural radiography, ethics, image interpretation, patient communication, disclosure rural patients
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Squibb, K (Dr Kathryn Squibb)
UTAS Author:Bull, RM (Professor Rosalind Bull)
UTAS Author:Dalton, L (Dr Lisa Dalton)
ID Code:96944
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2017-11-03

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