Pre-registration UK diagnostic radiography student ability and confidence in interpretation of chest X-rays

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Lockwood, P. and Khan, A. 2021. Pre-registration UK diagnostic radiography student ability and confidence in interpretation of chest X-rays. Radiography Open. 7 (1), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.7577/radopen.4529
AuthorsLockwood, P. and Khan, A.
Abstract

Introduction
Chest X-rays are the most frequently requested X-ray imaging in English hospitals. This study aimed to assess final year UK radiography students' confidence and ability in image interpretation of chest X-rays.

Methods
Thirty-three diagnostic radiography students were invited to assess their confidence and ability in interpreting chest x-rays from a bank of n=10 cases using multiple choice answers. Data analysis included 2x2 contingency tables, Kappa for inter-rater reliability, a Likert scale of confidence for each case, and questions to assess individual interpretation skills and ways to increase the learning of the subject.

Results
Twenty-three students participated in the study. The pooled accuracy achieved was 61% (95% CI 38.4-77.7; k=0.22). The degree of confidence and ability varied depending upon the student and the conditions observed. High confidence was noted with COVID-19 (n=12/23; 52%), lung metastasis (n=14/23; 61%), and pneumothorax (n=13/23; 57%). Low confidence was noted with conditions of consolidation (n=8/23; 35%), haemothorax (n=8/23; 35%), and surgical emphysema (n=8/23; 35%). From the sample n=11 (48%), participants stated they felt they had the knowledge to interpret chest X-rays required for a newly qualified radiographer.

Conclusion
The results demonstrated final year radiography students' confidence and ability in image interpretation of chest X-rays. Student feedback indicated a preference for learning support through university lectures, online study resources, and time spent with reporting radiographers on clinical practice to improve ability and confidence in interpreting chest X-rays.

KeywordsRadiography students; Chest X-rays; Abnormality detection; Training
Year2021
JournalRadiography Open
Journal citation7 (1), pp. 1-13
PublisherOslo Met
ISSN2387-3345
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7577/radopen.4529
Official URLhttps://journals.oslomet.no/index.php/radopen/article/view/4529
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Online31 Dec 2021
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Accepted31 Dec 2021
Deposited10 Jan 2022
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