Investigating the engagement of New Zealand diagnostic radiographers with research

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Haven, Jennifer
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Master of Health Science (Medical Radiation Technology)
Unitec Institute of Technology
Peel, Simon
Henwood, Suzanne
Masters Thesis
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diagnostic radiographic research
diagnostic radiographers
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Haven, J. (2013). Investigating the engagement of New Zealand diagnostic radiographers with research. (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Health Science (Medical Radiation Technology)). Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from
The research adopted a case study approach and was located in a large New Zealand teaching hospital. The data collection involved survey questionnaires, document analysis, and six one-to-one interviews with radiographers with a range of attitudes and experiences. The majority of radiographers felt there was no requirement for them to be research active. However the interviews showed that some of the same radiographers felt research may empower them and raise the profile of the profession. Many questioned the practicalities of research and the barriers they perceive with the implementation of findings into practice. The results indicated that whilst numerous resources were available, only one radiographer had completed research outside of an academic qualification, 20% regularly read journal articles and none had presented research findings as a qualified professional. Radiographers identified time, funding and leadership as being influential in their ability to engage with research. Other important themes included self-efficacy, differing beliefs about what constitutes research, advanced practice and education. This study offers valuable insight not only into the challenges in developing a research culture but also into key workplace attitudes such as self-efficacy, motivation and the nature of professionalism. The study concludes with recommendations that are of value in the design of a current and informed research strategy for radiographers in New Zealand.
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