BACKGROUND: Research is a critical component in radiography profession. It ranges from high level scientific investigation of new and updated concepts into every day utilization of evidence based findings and to fill in the gap between theory and practice.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to ascertain awareness of practicing radiographers about the role and importance of research in evidence based medical imaging.
METHODOLOGY: A 20-item scale self-completion questionnaire was designed. Forty five were distributed to Radiographers in clinical practice in tertiary health institutions in Northern Nigeria. The questionnaire consists of two sections and was systematically developed and validated. Data entry and analysis was performed using SPSS-PC statistics software version 21.0. Statistical tests were done with p< 0.05 used as criteria for statistical significance.
RESULTS: The number of respondents, that is radiographers in clinical practice were n=40. According to age, most of the respondents; 52.2% (n=21) were below the age of 30 years and the least was 2.5% (n=1) within the ages of 40-49. More than half of the respondents; 75% (n=30) have the least years of experience that is below 5 years and having the greater number of years in experience that is above 21 years is 2.5% (n=1). Significant number of radiographers are aware of the role of research in evidence-based medical imaging against those that don't (97.5% vs 2.5%; p<0.05). Only 45% (n=18) of the respondents participated in research that was conducted and published. Radiographers that never participated in research publications are significantly greater in number (45% vs 55%; p<0.05).
CONCLUSION: This study showed that Radiographers in clinical practice are aware of research but they need improvement in participation and publication in order to fill in the gap between theory and practice.
Keywords: Research, Radiography, Awareness, Evidence-Based Practice, Profession.
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