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Children's experience of going through an acute radiographic examination
Jönköping University, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. (ChiP)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5904-1390
Jönköping University, Sweden.
Skövde University, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Radiography, ISSN 1078-8174, E-ISSN 1532-2831, Vol. 18, no 2, 84-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Children's experience of radiographic examinations remains largely unexplored, although most radiographers examine children on a daily basis. In order to provide the high quality care that meets the needs of patients it was considered important to undertake research focused upon the patients' experience of radiographic practice.The aim of the study was to investigate children's experiences undergoing a radiographic examination for a suspected fracture.Inclusion criteria were Swedish-speaking children between 3 and 15 years of age who were submitted for a radiographic examination with an acute condition of the upper or lower extremity. Patients were informed of the study and together with the escorting parent or relative asked for consent to participate.During the examination the child was videotaped and immediately after, the child was interviewed in a nearby facility. The interview contained open-ended questions and was conducted while watching the videotape together with the child and their parent or relative and the researcher.Qualitative content analysis was used in analyzing the collected data. The analysis resulted in two categories - " feeling uncomfortable" and " feeling confident" The subcategories contained in these categories were " pain in relation to injury and examination" , " the waiting time is strenuous" , " worries for the future and consequences of the injury" , " confidence in parental presence" , " confidence in radiographic staff and examination procedure" , and finally " recognition entails familiarity" .The results revealed that for the younger children, the experience of undergoing an acute radiographic examination was associated with pain and anxiety, but for the older children, the anxiety was more connected to whether the injury had caused a fracture and any anticipated future consequences or complications. © 2011 The College of Radiographers.

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2012. Vol. 18, no 2, 84-89 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-17176DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2011.10.003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84859215674OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-17176DiVA: diva2:577887
Available from: 2012-12-17 Created: 2012-12-17 Last updated: 2017-09-20

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