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Title: Work related stressors that affect diagnostic and ultrasound radiographers in a public hospital in the Gauteng province
Authors: Gumede, Lindiwe 
Issue Date: 2017
Work related stressors are identified as the main reason for the decline in patient care in Radiography in public hospitals. Radiographers opt to leave the public sector because of stressful experiences. Research has shown that the scarcity of qualitative studies on the phenomenon makes it difficult to understand work related stress in relation to radiography as a profession.

Aim of the study
The aim of the study was to explore and describe work related stressors in Radiography at a public hospital in Gauteng, South Africa.

This study was a qualitative, exploratory, descriptive study. An interview guide was used to elicit information from 10 participants through semi-structured interviews. All the interviews were one-on-one and were audio-recorded. The data were analysed through Tesch’s eight steps of thematic analysis.

The following three themes emerged during data analysis, namely: personal well-being of Radiographers; decline in quality patient care and impaired radiography service; and, environmental enablers. The findings of the study revealed that the participants’ general health was compromised by various factors pertaining to work related stress.

Interventions necessary for dealing with work related stressors are highlighted as a way of enabling improvement of the working environment conditions. The participants in the study felt that hiring more staff could alleviate their work related stressors. The study has shown that it is also imperative that staff and management are constantly communicating well.
Submitted in fulfillment of the requirements for the Master’s Degree in Health Sciences in Radiography, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa, 2017.
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