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Table 3 The use of radiographers’ competencies. Comparison between groups with different number of years in present position (%)

From: Radiographers’ self-assessed level and use of competencies—a national survey

  Years in present position
0–5 years (I) >5–15 years (II) >15–25 years (III) >25 years (IV) p-value
Responses in the RCS* 3 4 5–6 3 4 5–6 3 4 5–6 3 4 5–6  
Nurse-initiated care
1. Carrying out doctors’ instructions 20 62 - 9 74 - 8 71 - 9 79 - 0.233
2. Applying ethical guidelines 5 14 76 8 24 66 13 12 71 3 14 81 0.031; E
3. Adequately informing the patient 2 7 86 3 5 92 - 7 92 1 2 97 0.066
4. Guiding and educating the patient 7 12 75 6 10 80 7 3 84 4 10 85 0.436
5. Empowering the patient by involving him/her in the examination and treatment 6 14 74 5 17 76 7 16 71 2 10 88 0.164
6. Guiding the patient’s relatives 19 15 54 32 16 43 18 23 53 19 16 63 0.011; E
7. Encouraging and supporting the patient 14 25 55 12 21 66 12 16 71 4 14 81 0.004; C,E
8. Protecting the patient’s integrity 3 13 79 4 7 88 2 10 87 3 9 87 0.406
9. Alleviating the patient’s anxiety 12 23 60 6 15 77 7 13 77 4 15 80 0.016; C
10. Judging the risk of leaving the patient unattended 23 17 52 18 14 61 15 15 64 10 15 70 0.118
11. Observing and monitoring the patient 19 22 47 19 19 51 21 18 49 17 9 65 0.465
12. Identifying and encountering the patient in a state of shock 29 10 20 32 14 19 28 10 21 22 9 33 0.179
13. Identifying pain and pain reactions 23 30 36 23 28 40 28 26 38 16 30 48 0.115
14. Collaborating with internal and external colleagues 5 17 70 14 14 69 15 26 56 12 16 71 0.192
15. Collaborating with other internal and external professionals 10 19 65 13 16 62 23 30 44 17 14 65 0.039; B
16. Supervising and training colleagues and other co-workers 32 14 46 29 24 38 16 26 43 26 8 59 0.025; E
17. Reporting to colleagues and other professionals, internal as well as external 25 18 33 36 22 29 36 16 39 23 21 42 0.176
18. Participating in quality improvement regarding patient safety and care 24 20 31 42 17 25 39 16 25 33 21 35 0.088
Technical and radiographic processes
19. Organising and planning taking account of the clinical situation 11 23 63 10 18 67 7 26 64 2 19 78 0.048; E
20. Responsibility for preparing the medico-technical equipment 3 18 76 5 13 80 3 18 77 1 12 84 0.363
21. Independently planning and preparing work on the basis of existing documentation 9 19 68 6 15 74 3 15 77 4 8 85 0.015; C
22. Prioritising patients in the work flow 8 23 60 9 24 60 12 18 62 5 16 77 0.005; E
23. Adapting the examination to the patient’s prerequisites and needs 5 14 78 5 14 76 5 10 79 2 7 88 0.142
24. Minimising radiation doses for patient and staff 4 10 79 8 15 69 5 10 77 - 12 81 0.048; E
25. Producing accurate and correct images 2 5 86 4 11 79 3 15 77 1 5 92 0.106
26. Evaluating the quality of the medical image in relation to the referral and the question stated therein 2 8 84 4 12 80 2 12 82 4 8 85 0.234
27. Optimising the quality of the image 5 14 73 13 11 70 13 20 62 5 6 84 0.014; E, F
28. Preliminary assessment of images 15 14 64 8 26 55 5 12 75 8 15 73 0.021; E
  1. *Responses from the RCS; 3–6 are used in the table and 1–2 are veiled
  2. 1 = never used; 2 = very seldom used; 3 = sometimes used; 4 = often used; 5 = very often used; 6 = always used
  3. Significant differences between: A. I–II; B. I–III; C. I–IV; D. II–III; E.II–IV; F. III–IV
  4. One-way ANOVA test.
  5. Reduced p-value < 0.008 was used for post-hoc analyses