The lived experiences of radiographers in Gauteng


  • Shonelle Doreen Britton University of Johannesburg


retention, autonomy, professionalism and recognition


Purpose: Evidence suggests that there is a shortage of radiographers globally. This has a detrimental effect on service delivery and patient care received. There has been a call for research to be conducted in the radiography setting in order to address staff retention in the profession.

Objective: To explore and describe the lived experiences of radiographers in a Gauteng setting.

Method: A qualitative, exploratory, descriptive and contextual design was utilised. A purposive sample consisted of diagnostic radiographers in Gauteng, some practicing and others that have left the profession completely. A qualitative research paradigm was used, using focus group interviews to collect data until data saturation was reached. Nineteen (n= 19) radiographers participated in the focus group interviews.

Results: Three themes emerged from the data: experiences that facilitated a positive radiographic experience; experiences that inhibit a positive radiographic experience, and factors that enhance a positive radiographic experience.

Conclusion: The study revealed that the participants (radiographers) in Gauteng are committed to providing excellent patient care and that they value positive interpersonal relationships with their colleagues. They experienced a lack of professional recognition and believe the radiographic profession is plagued by stagnation. The results further revealed that the participants were willing to work towards creating a positive self-image and were committed to introducing more autonomy into the profession.

Author Biography

Shonelle Doreen Britton, University of Johannesburg

Clinical Facilitator at University of Johannesburg,

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences







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