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Confidence in the use of information management and technology (IM&T) in radiography: Is age a barrier?

Rogers, Hywel, Pratt, Shaaron, Brown, Paul and Gambling, Tina ORCID: 2010. Confidence in the use of information management and technology (IM&T) in radiography: Is age a barrier? Radiography 16 (3) , pp. 230-237. 10.1016/j.radi.2010.01.006

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Introduction Age has been reported as a barrier to the use of Information Management and Technology (IM&T). Radiographers' confidence and ability in IM&T may be related to age and it is the aim of this research to investigate this relationship. Method An online survey method gathered views from the radiographic population, between 31st August 2008 and 10th October 2008. The questionnaire encompassed IM&T ability, work based IM&T usage, personal IM&T usage, security & governance issues, education & training experience, the future and demographic details. For the purpose of this paper the first three sections and demographic section were considered. Results Radiographers showed a good level of ability and confidence in the use of IM&T. Some general applications such as word processing showed a decreased confidence with age. Confidence in all radiography specific applications was scored highly although confidence in the use of Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and radiotherapy Treatment Planning Systems (TPS) showed the least confidence. Statistical analysis did not reveal a strong link between age and confidence in all applications. Discussion While a link between age and confidence was not found in this study, frequency of use and training in IM&T require further investigation in relation to specific roles.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Skill, Computer, PACS, Radiotherapy applications, Obstacle
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0033-8281
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:00

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