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Radiography Advanced Practice in the United Arab Emirates: The Perceptions and Readiness of Mammographers

Authors Abuzaid MM, Hamad W, Elshami W, Tekin H, Ali W, Khayal S

Received 4 June 2020

Accepted for publication 20 July 2020

Published 5 August 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 753—758

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S262579

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

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
Tel +971-6-5057572
Email mabdelfatah@sharjah.ac.ae

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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