Diagnostic Radiographers (DR) are the frontline responders during the COVID-19 outbreak, providing essential diagnostic imaging services for screening and monitoring of suspected and confirmed patients. Understanding the experience and perceptions of DR towards the COVID-19 outbreak enables radiography leaders to guide changes in the approach to managing response to future health outbreaks. This study aims to document the experiences of DR in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All DR practising in Singapore institutions were invited to participate in an online survey, disseminated by the Singapore Society of Radiographers (SSR). The survey assessed the attitudes and perceptions of the respondents on the COVID-19 pandemic. The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale was used to identify the respondents’ life events closely related to the pandemic. Data collection took place from 5 July 2020 to 5 September 2020.
A total of 123 DR responded to the survey, where 89.4% of the respondents had been involved in the imaging of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients. Those performing General Radiography had the highest number of cases – 300 cases a month. The fear of transmitting COVID-19 to their family presented as the primary stressor (77.2%), followed by the lack of manpower (73.2%). The global themes that emerged from the study were (1) adapting to change and (2) quality of support.
Radiology departments in Singapore were able to cope with the high demands of the pandemic in terms of the provision of information, supplies, and physical equipment. However, they were less prepared to handle human factors such as mental health and staff morale. The safety and well-being of staff should not be compromised to reduce staff anxiety while performing their duties. Strategies to improve their ability to adapt to changes and provision of quality support are necessary measures in future pandemic situations.

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