COVID-19: A literature review of the impact on diagnostic radiography students

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Astirbadi, D. and Lockwood, P. 2021. COVID-19: A literature review of the impact on diagnostic radiography students. Radiography. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2021.09.009
AuthorsAstirbadi, D. and Lockwood, P.
Abstract Introduction COVID-19 is a highly contagious viral disease declared a global pandemic in March 2020. Throughout the pandemic, radiography students have been working in hospitals on the frontline. The review aimed to search for evidence of the impact COVID-19 has had on diagnostic radiography students and consider whether additional support and learning needs to be implemented. Methods A literature search strategy applied keywords, BOOLEAN search operators, and eligibility criteria on PubMed, Medline, and Google Scholar databases. Cormack's (2000) critique framework was chosen to methodologically appraise the mixed-method studies to evaluate the quality, validity and rigour. Results The search decisions were displayed in a PRISMA flowchart to evidence the process to identify the found articles comprised of two surveys, two semi-structured interviews and one case study. The findings identified common and reoccurring themes of personal protective equipment, mental wellbeing, accommodation and travel, assessments and learning, and transitioning to registration. Conclusion The literature suggests that students felt positive impacts of the pandemic, such as being prepared for registration. However, negative effects included the fear of contracting the virus, anxieties of working with ill patients, impracticalities of accommodation and travel during clinical placement, and the adaption to online learning. Implications for practice Clinical staff and universities need to work together to ensure students are mentally and physically supported during the pandemic. Regular meetings and agreed channels of communication with students will allow any issues to be brought to attention and addressed. In addition, employers should recognise that newly qualified radiographers will need extra support.
KeywordsRadiography students; Radiographers; COVID-19; Coronavirus
Year2021
JournalRadiography
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1078-8174
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2021.09.009
Official URLhttps://www.radiographyonline.com/article/S1078-8174(21)00136-X/fulltext
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Deposited11 Oct 2021
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