Document Type : Systematic Review
Harare Institute of Technology, Durban University of Technology: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, ZA
Introduction: Throughout the pandemic, radiographers globally continued to offer services, putting them on the frontlines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding the experiences radiographers have during pandemics is necessary to create specific support mechanisms and to prepare for future pandemics or health crises. The aim of this review was to synthesize qualitative primary research on the experiences of radiographers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Methods: A qualitative systematic review was conducted according to the Enhancing Transparency in Reporting the Synthesis of Qualitative Research (ENTREQ) guidelines.
Results: Seven studies were found that addressed the experiences of radiographers using a qualitative methodology and were deemed of sufficient quality to be included in the review. Five key themes emerged, including factual information challenges,increased human emotional responses, altered workplace conditions, increased mental health concerns, and support for radiographers.
Conclusion: Radiographers, like many other healthcare professionals, faced information, fear, anxiety, and heightened mental issues. Despite these challenges, some radiographers complained about a lack of adequate support. We hope that this review will enhance the understanding of the experiences of radiographers during pandemics so as to create specific support mechanisms and also prepare for future pandemics or health crises.