Compassionate care in radiography recruitment, education and training: A post-Francis Report review of the current literature and patient perspectives
© 2016 The College of Radiographers. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Compassion is elemental in the care of a patient during their medical imaging (MI) procedure and is highly topical in the light of the Francis Report. The patient–practitioner interaction is an amalgam of context, communication and individual differences, and whilst compassion is a term in common parlance in the media, policy and radiographers' professional documents, its meaning and manifestation in radiography recruitment, education and practice are less clearly articulated. A review of the existing literature was undertaken, including a small scale study exploring patients' experiences in diagnostic medical imaging. Themes from the study included communication; competence; emotions; attitudes and relationships, but notably absent was any mention of compassion per se. Radiography research would benefit from further exploratory work into the nature of compassionate patient care in the unique context of the medical imaging encounter; offering an evidence-based contribution to radiography in the light of the Francis Report.
Funding for the preliminary study came from the Higher Education Academy. The doctoral research from which this review article was written is self-funded by the corresponding author.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from WB Saunders via the DOI in this record.
Radiography, 2016, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 257 - 262