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Journal of Radiography & Radiation Sciences

2015;  (v 29): 1-6


Eliciting Patient Cooperation in Paediatric Radiography with Inducement Devices

BE Archibong, EE Ntuen, AE Egong.

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Purpose: Obtaining good quality images whilst minimizing repeat examinations and radiation dosage in paediatric radiography requires patient co-operation. This study aims to assess the usability of inducement devices to gain child cooperation during paediatric radiography in Lagos, Nigeria.

Method: A cross-sectional study design was employed to sample information on the use of child inducement devices by Radiographer and Radiologist during paediatric radiography. A 19-item close ended questionnaire was administered to 70 Radiology personnel consisting of 45 Radiographers and 25 Radiologists. Questions were fashioned in a way to gain insight on best practices to gain the child patient cooperation. Some questions relating to demographics, experience and employment were included. Following collation descriptive statistics were developed.

Results: Results showed that paediatric examinations were frequently carried out in the study area (75%). About 87% of respondents were of the opinion that the use of inducement devices aided in the production of better quality images. Light-up (72%) and Musical (27%) toys constituted the most effective inducement devices, and were considered the most valuable (86.9%) toys by Radiology personnel.

Conclusion: The results show that the use of inducement devices elicits child cooperation and improves the ease of paediatric examinations.

Keywords: Paediatric, cooperation, child inducement, Radiography, devices

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