"Patient care in radiology": The staff's perspective

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  • Kirsten Bro Brask, Sygehus Lillebælt, Vejle, Denmark
  • Regner Birkelund, Denmark
The aim of this study was to research how the staff experience care expressed during the brief encounter with the patients in a diagnostic imaging department. This was a qualitative study with a phenomenological and hermeneutical frame of reference. The data were collected using field observations and semistructured interviews and analyzed according to the guidelines for meaning condensation by Giorgi. The imaging staff found that care is expressed in an administrative, an instrumental, and a compassionate sense. The imaging staff perceived care in a way that clearly differs from the traditional perception of care understood as the close relations between people. In their self-understanding, the staff found that care not only comprised the relational aspect but also that it was already delivered during the preparatory phases before the actual meeting with the patient and up until the image was electronically forwarded. And, care expressed in between was perceived as care in the traditional sense and termed as “patient care in radiology.”
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Volume33
Issue1
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
ISSN0283-9318
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

    Research areas

  • care, diagnostic imaging, radiology, health professionals, short stay practice

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