Discuss evidence based approaches to giving high quality care to older people who are attending for imaging procedures.

Essential Advice

  • The Society and College of Radiographers state:

Evidence based practice in health care means that all clinical decisions should be based on research studies.

Radiographers need to gather accurate information or evidence to support their professional practice so they can understand, get involved in using and determine what is best practice so that the highest quality service can be delivered.

Society and College of Radiographers, 2018

  • You MUST use a range of published research from any appropriate health related discipline and any appropriate professional or Governmental guidance documents.  You should also relate your discussion to the achievement of relevant Standards of Proficiency for Radiographers

Health and care Professions Council, 2013

Please note

  1. You are not expected to discuss every standard of proficiency.
  2. An essential element of patient care in radiography is the safe use of ionizing radiation and the application of the IRR (2017) to practice.  This might be briefly acknowledged in your assignment, however this aspect of your knowledge is being assessed by a separate exam and therefore detail of radiation protection is not required in this assignment.

Here are some sources of relevant information which you might find useful

  • CINAHL and Medline research databases
  • NHS England

Example search terms: Francis Report; 6C’s; elderly

  • Department of Health and Social Care

Example search term (apply the Department of Health filter): elderly; national service framework

  • Society and College of Radiographers

  • Office for National Statistics

N.B. Important Advice

When researching the assignment, you should consult a variety of sources and then write the assignment in your own words. Any passages/illustrations used from researched sources must be referenced in accordance with the Harvard referencing system.

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