Radiation therapists' perceptions of the minimum level of experience required to perform portal image analysis
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Background and purpose: Our aim was to explore radiation therapists’ views on the level of experience necessary to undertake portal image analysis and clinical decision making. Materials and methods: A questionnaire was developed to determine the availability of portal imaging equipment in Australia and New Zealand. We analysed radiation therapists’ responses to a specific question regarding their opinion on the minimum level of experience required for health professionals to analyse portal images. We used grounded theory and a constant comparative method of data analysis to derive the main themes.Results: Forty-six radiation oncology facilities were represented in our survey, with 40 questionnaires being returned (87%). Thirty-seven radiation therapists answered our free-text question. Radiation therapists indicated three main themes which they felt were important in determining the minimum level of experience: ‘gaining on-the-job experience’, ‘receiving training’ and ‘working as a team’. Conclusions: Radiation therapists indicated that competence in portal image review occurs via various learning mechanisms. Further research is warranted to determine perspectives of other health professionals, such as radiation oncologists, on portal image review becoming part of radiation therapists’ extended role. Suitable training programs and steps for implementation should be developed to facilitate this endeavour.
Rybovic, Michala and Halkett, Georgia K. and Banati, Richard B. and Cox, Jennifer. (2008). Radiation therapists' perceptions of the minimum level of experience required to perform portal image analysis. Radiography 14 pp. 294-300.
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