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

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-18, 05:28 authored by Kathryn Squibb, Rosalind BullRosalind Bull, Smith, A, Lisa DaltonLisa Dalton
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.


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College Office - College of Health and Medicine


W.B. Saunders Co. Ltd.

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United Kingdom

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Copyright 2014 The College of Radiographers

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Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified