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Assessment of The Factors Affecting The Radiation Protection Levels of Radiology Department Personnel at A University Hospital

Halise ÇEVİK, Gülnur İlgün, Bayram ŞAHİN
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Introduction: Hospitals are among organizations with the highest risk in terms of workplace safety. While almost all departments within hospitals are faced with various risks, radiology department employees, in particular, are more likely to be exposed to conditions that threaten their health due to exposure to radiation. This study aims to identify the factors that affect the radiation protection levels of radiology personnel.

Materials and Methods: This study is cross-sectional quantitative research. The study was conducted on one of Turkey's most prestigious universities working in the radiology department of the hospital staff. A questionnaire consisting of 9 questions was used to determine the radiation protection level of the employees. The questionnaire was distributed to a total of 299 personnel, but there was a return from 155 employees (52%).

Results: The results of the regression analysis showed that the variables of gender, occupation, and radiation protection training had significant impact on the level of measures taken by radiology personnel for radiation protection (p<0.05), whereas the variables of age, marital status, and work experience had a different pattern (p>0.05). R-squared value of the regression model indicates that 42.1% of the variation in the level of measures taken to protect the radiology staff against radiation has been explained by these variables (F=11.520; p<0.001).

Conclusion: The results of the study suggest that training about radiation protection should be provided to the radiology personnel to prevent their health and safety.

 


Keywords

Radiology department, radiation protection, personnel safety, healthcare personnel, Turkey

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/aab.v11i1.23082

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