Investigating medical radiation risk communication

  • Elizabeth Davies

Student thesis: Unknown


Purpose: To collaboratively design a proposed solution to the requirement to inform patients of medical radiation risk prior to exposure, with the purpose of overcoming barriers such as referrer knowledge levels and perceived patient radiophobia. Methods: An initial scoping survey was used to determine the broad preferences from a number of stakeholders including patients, radiographers and referrers. Taking these responses into account, alongside an exploration of literature in the area, a website was developed and implemented ( Further surveys were used to assess the impact of this website on patients (primarily concentrating on anxiety levels measured using the shortened State-Trait Anxiety Index) and referrers (primarily focusing on stated changes in practice). Results: There is strong support for informing patients of radiation risk with 60% of referrers and 61% of radiographers believing that patients should be informed of all levels of radiation risk. All members of the public that responded to the survey (N=376) wanted to be informed about radiation risk, though the threshold at which they wished to be informed varied. Whilst the public unanimously wanted to be informed of radiation risk, 73% of individuals would not be concerned by risks less than 1 in 10,000. The majority of referrers (80%) stated that they should be involved in informing the patient of the risk and 56% wanted support to carry out this task in the form of a website. A website was therefore developed and a statistically significant (p
Date of Award1 Aug 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorMichael Taylor (Supervisor)


  • radiation
  • risk
  • communication
  • ionising

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