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İnvestigation of the Contribution of Radiotherapy Technician Education to Working Life: A National Survey Study

Year 2024, Volume: 15 Issue: 1, 114 - 120, 31.01.2024
https://doi.org/10.31067/acusaglik.1341267

Abstract

Background/Purpose: To investigate the perception of working radiation therapists (RTTs) regarding the contribution of RTT training provided in Turkey to their clinical practice. 
Methods: The study employed a questionnaire consisting of 22 questions. The questionnaire was distributed via email to RTTs working in Turkey. The questionnaire explored various aspects of the participants' education, including their internship opportunities, the duration of their internships, the devices they worked with, and the adequacy of their experiences.
Results: 181 RTTs participated in the survey. The majority of participants (57.3%) completed their education at foundation universities, while 42.7% attended state universities. During their education, 80.5% of participants found the internship opportunities offered by their schools to be adequate. 92.6% of the participants reported that the experience they gained during their internship had a positive impact on their working life. A statistically significant relationship was observed between the adequacy of the device variety used during the internship and the contribution of the internship to their working life (p<0.05). 
Conclusion: The majority of RTT who participated in the survey found that the education they completed were largely sufficient in terms of contributing to their working lives.

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Year 2024, Volume: 15 Issue: 1, 114 - 120, 31.01.2024
https://doi.org/10.31067/acusaglik.1341267

Abstract

References

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Primary Language English
Subjects Primary Health Care
Journal Section Research Articles
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Evren Ozan GOKSEL 0000-0002-0674-1016

Publication Date January 31, 2024
Submission Date August 21, 2023
Published in Issue Year 2024Volume: 15 Issue: 1

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EndNote GOKSEL EO (January 1, 2024) İnvestigation of the Contribution of Radiotherapy Technician Education to Working Life: A National Survey Study. Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 15 1 114–120.