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Assessment of Radiation Protection Awareness and Knowledge about Common Radiological Examination Doses among Healthcare Workers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
EP29926
Poster Title: Assessment of Radiation Protection Awareness and Knowledge about Common Radiological Examination Doses among Healthcare Workers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Submitted on 06 Apr 2019
Author(s): Alyousef K, Assiri A, Almutairi S, Aldalham T, Felimban G
Affiliations: King Abdulaziz Medical City, king Saud bin Abdulaziz University.
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Abstract: Background:
The access to ionizing radiation for diagnosis and treatment purposes continues to be widened every day. This advancement has been associated with radiation hazard related to radiation exposure for both patients and healthcare workers. Raising the level of radiation protection awareness and knowledge about common radiological examination doses among healthcare workers, therefore, is important to maintain the safety of the health care setting.

Method:
This study is a descriptive cross-sectional study which was carried out among different healthcare workers from health science universities and hospitals in Riyadh. Through an online tool, a validated questionnaire was administered to physicians, radiology students, radiological technologists, and medical students. The questionnaire consisted of 16 multiple choice questions divided into three sections (demographic data, radiation protection issues and common radiological examination doses).


Results:

A total of 522 participants completed the questionnaire including 155 (29.7%) medical students, 147 (28.2%) radiological technologists, 128 (24.5%) radiology students, and 92 (17.6%) physicians. 275 (53%) of participants were male. Almost 76 (81%) of physicians and 67 (45%) of radiological technologists had more than 5 years of experience. 12(13%) of physicians and 61(41%) of radiological technologists had 1 to 4 years of experience, and the remaining recorded as less than 1 year of experience. With regard to radiation protection awareness questions, the percentage of correct answers was (60%). Radiological technologists recorded the highest percentage (29.3%) followed by medical students (29%), radiology students (23.3%), and physicians (18.4%). With regard to knowledge of dose levels questions, the percentage of correct answers was 45%. Radiological technologists got the highest percentage (31%), followed by medical students (29%), radiology students (21%), and physicians (20%).


Conclusion:

The results showed that there is knowledge gab regarding radiation protection and dose levels, so periodic refresher courses, and training programs are recommended for healthcare workers in order to increase the level of awareness.



Summary: The purpose of this study was to assess the radiation protection awareness and knowledge about common radiological examination doses among healthcare workers. The results showed that there is knowledge gab regarding radiation protection and dose levels, so periodic refresher courses, and training programs are recommended for healthcare workers in order to increase the level of awareness.Report abuse »
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