Radiography Advanced Practice in the United Arab Emirates: The Perceptions and Readiness of Mammographers
Received 4 June 2020
Accepted for publication 20 July 2020
Published 5 August 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 753—758
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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser
Mohamed M Abuzaid,1 Wijdan Hamad,1 Wiam Elshami,1 Huseyin Tekin,1 Wadah Ali,2 Simaa Khayal3
1Medical Diagnostic Imaging Department, College of Health Sciences, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; 2Department of Medical Imaging, College of Health Sciences, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, United Arab Emirates; 3Independent Researcher, Dublin, Ireland
Correspondence: Mohamed M Abuzaid P.O. Box 27272, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Introduction: This study is a part of an effort to determine the challenges faced by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) radiographers towards role extension and advanced practice. It reflects the current practice and challenges facing role extension compared to international advancement. The study aimed to assess the radiographers who worked at mammography screening perception and readiness to accept role extension and advanced practice in mammography.
Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study using an online survey was conducted among radiographers who practice mammography. The survey captured demographics, qualifications, professional education, future development plans, interest in role extension, and incentive to pursue the mammography profession.
Results: Forty-five radiographers were invited to participate in the study the response rate was 71% (n=32), 34.4 (11%) were UAE nationals with the remainder being expats. The majority were young between 25 and 45 years old (84.4%), 81.3% hold a BSc qualification. 56.3% completed a post-qualification training specialized mammography certificate. 81% of the participants showed interest in role extension after appropriate education, training, and supervision by radiologists.
Conclusion: This study reports on the perceptions and readiness of radiographers on advanced practice within breast-screening centers. The results show acceptance and support after proper training, clear career pathway, and licensing body recognition. The role of the radiographer in the UAE is still growing.
Keywords: advanced practice, radiography, radiographers, mammography, professional practice
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