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Values-based Practice in Medical Imaging: a qualitative investigation into the implementation of patient values in trauma imaging examinations

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Newton-Hughes
    Dr A Williams
  • Application Deadline
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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Values-Based Practice is an important aspect in caring for the individual during any healthcare intervention (Halligan, 2008). Good person-centred care includes finding out what patient’s individual values are and ensuring that we tailor our care to each patient, their requirements and expectations.
Recent qualitative research carried out using interviews and focus groups as part of a funded research project into Values-Based Practice showed that patients wanted to be able to view their medical images after their X-ray examination and that radiographers were reluctant to do this. This was an unexpected finding of the research which prompted further questions.

All healthcare professionals have a Duty of Candour and yet diagnostic radiographers appear to be reluctant to show patients their images, or comment on the results of the X-ray examination. This unwillingness to communicate the results of the interaction warrants further investigation. The successful candidate will investigate the practice of diagnostic radiographers in relation to image interpretation and commenting and their attitude to delivering diagnosis to the patient. This is likely to require an understanding of relevant legislation and how this interpreted at local level, the training of radiographers, and the attitudes and behaviours of radiographers. It is envisaged that this study will require a qualitative approach with a structured focussed ethnography requiring observation and interview of participants (Richards, & Morse, 2007, Higginbottom , Pillay, & Boadu, 2013).

Funding Notes

Applicants should note that this PhD is self-funded.

Candidates should be in a position to self-fund and have a 2.1 or higher degree in a relevant healthcare subject - BSc (Hons) only. This work benefits from ongoing collaboration with academics from two renowned radiography education providers and support from a leading research team.


Halligan, A. (2008). The importance of values in healthcare. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 101(10). 480–481.

Higginbottom, G., Pillay, J., & Boadu, N. Y. (2013).Guidance on performing focused ethnographies with an emphasis on healthcareresearch. Qualitative Report, 18(17), 1-16.

Richards, L., & Morse, J. M. (2007). Readme first for a user’s guide to qualitative methods (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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