Journal of Clinical Sciences

ORIGINAL RESEARCH REPORT
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18--23

Awareness and knowledge of the practice of therapy radiographers among radiography students - A cross-sectional study


Mohammad Habeebu1, Abolade Aminu1, Michael Akpochafor1, Samuel Adeneye1, Omolola Salako1, Luther Agbonyegbeni Agaga2, Nicholas Irurhe1, Adeniji Adeoluwa1 
1 Department of Radiotherapy, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Nigeria
2 Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammad Habeebu
Department of Radiotherapy, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos
Nigeria

Background: Cancer is a public health problem affecting all categories of people worldwide and radiation therapy is often the mainstay of management. A successful radiotherapy treatment requires well-skilled professionals such as radiation oncologist, therapy radiographers, and medical physicist. Radiography is an indispensable heart of modern medicine, in the diagnosis and management of diseases. This study was conducted to determine the level of awareness and knowledge of the practice of therapy radiographers among radiography students. Methods: This study was a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted among radiography students in College of Medicine, University of Lagos over a period of 3 months. Results: Majority of the respondents (44.9%) were within the age range of 21–25 years. Majority of the respondents (91.7%) had not had clinical posting on radiotherapy. A few students, 33 (21.2%) had encountered a therapy radiographer during clinical posting. Majority of the respondents (89.7%) had never heard about a therapy radiographer. A minority (19.2%) of the respondents indicated that they would like to be therapy radiographers. Majority of the respondents (44.2%) had no interest because think they do not make good money (9.6%), because they did not know what it entailed (lacked knowledge) (16.0%), and because of the perceived high risk of radiation dose (25.6%). Conclusion: This study revealed that radiography majority of radiography students are not aware nor have the knowledge of the practice of therapy radiographers. There is also a lack of interest in these students in becoming therapy radiographers.


How to cite this article:
Habeebu M, Aminu A, Akpochafor M, Adeneye S, Salako O, Agaga LA, Irurhe N, Adeoluwa A. Awareness and knowledge of the practice of therapy radiographers among radiography students - A cross-sectional study.J Clin Sci 2021;18:18-23


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Habeebu M, Aminu A, Akpochafor M, Adeneye S, Salako O, Agaga LA, Irurhe N, Adeoluwa A. Awareness and knowledge of the practice of therapy radiographers among radiography students - A cross-sectional study. J Clin Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Apr 11 ];18:18-23
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