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Reflective Practice and the Patient Voice

  • Pauline J. ReevesEmail author
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Abstract

In this chapter the requirement for research at all levels of education throughout the career of a radiographer is examined, especially as it relates to reflective practice and the requirement to refocus our work on the needs of patients: patient-centred radiography. The qualitative method of critical incident technique is outlined. The events generated using this technique are examined in terms of helping us focus on both positive and negative examples of radiographic technique. An argument is made for the need to base our clinical work on research evidence, rather than just allowing practice to ‘drift or creep’ over time. The concept of reflexivity is introduced as well as the need to evaluate our own biases and impact on any research we carry out.

Keywords

Critical incidents Evidence-based practice Patient-centred care Practice creep/drift Reflection Reflexivity Research utilisation 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Thanks go to Joanna McNamara for encouraging her students to provide the therapeutic radiography incidents.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical ImagingSheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK

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