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This study aims to explore the perceptions of radiographers about private entrepreneurship in radiology, and to recommend enterprising attributes that radiographers should have in order to be able to open their privately owned radiology departments.

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Perceptions of South African Radiographers on Private Practice entrepreneurship in Diagnostic Radiography A research proposal presented to the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, in fulfillment for the Bachelors Degree in Radiography by Collen Khulekani Mbambo (Student number: 802015458) Supervisor:????????????? ???????? Mrs. Ms Amanda Louw Date 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Currently there is a dire shortage of radiographers in South Africa as many seek employment overseas. South African trained radiographers are in high demand in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia. Radiographers in South Africa are classified by the Department of Health as a ?scarce-skill?. Radiographers may find employment in state facilities, the private sector and may also open their own private practices. Alongside Radiologists, Radiographers are the only other professionals who are allowed by the South African Radiation Board to own a license to operate the sophisticated and hazardous equipment used to acquire X-rays, however little interest has been shown by radiographers in South Africa to take advantage of this privilege and open their own private practices. This study aims to explore the perceptions of radiographers about private entrepreneurship in radiology, and to recommend ?enterprising attributes? that radiographers should have in order to be able to open their privately owned radiology departments. The method employed will be a qualitative phenomenology approach, using purposeful sampling method to get information rich participants. The data collection method will be in the form of participants responding to questions posed by the researcher and participating in focus group interviews. It is anticipated that the outcome of this study will contribute to the absent literature of the perceptions of South African Radiographers on Private Practice entrepreneurship in Diagnostic Radiography and give insight to an aspect of business and entrepreneurship amongst Radiographers and other Allied Health Professions. and encourage health care professionals to take the initiative of expanding their career paths by venturing into ?business? 1. ...read more.

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1. DATA COLLECTION The central question for the focus group interviews which will be posed to the participants will be, 1. ?What are your opinions about entrepreneurship in radiographic imaging, particularly private practice? 2. Would you, as a radiographer at any stage in your career consider opening your own private practice? 3. In your opinion, what are the challenges experienced by radiographers in opening their private imaging departments?? The focus group discussions will be audio taped. In addition, field notes will be made by the researcher. 1. DATA ANALYSIS The interviews will be audio taped and later transcribed. The transcribed data will then be read to obtain a general sense of the information; the data will then be coded. Themes will be generated from the codes and the meaning of the data will be interpreted (Creswell, 2003:191). 1. TRUSTWORTHINESS OF THE STUDY To ensure trustworthiness of the qualitative data the principles described by Murphy and Yielder (2010: 62-67), Guba?s model will be employed, which requires, credibility, dependability, confirmability, and transferability. Credibility To ensure reliability, the questionnaire proposed for use will be piloted at a diagnostic radiology department. The results of the pilot study will determine whether any amendments to the questionnaire will be necessary. Dependability It will be ensured by extended engagement through conducting focus group interviews until data saturation. Peer reviewing will be done in an effort to collaborate themes. All the data that will be collected will be validated by respondents; participant will also be required to validate data that will be presented in the report. Triangulation using focused group discussions, in depth interviews and field notes, consistent with Guba?s model. Confirmability It will be ensured by extended engagement through conducting focus group interviews until data saturation. Peer reviewing will be done in an effort to collaborate themes. All the data that will be collected will be validated by respondents; participant will also be required to validate data that will be presented in the report. ...read more.

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Mrs H Lawrence 0115596887 I would like to thank you in advance for allowing me the opportunity to make a positive change in our radiography profession. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any additional information. Regards Collen Mbambo email: collenm@uj.ac.za ANNEXURE C CONSENT FORM (AUDIO TAPE) I ___________________________________ hereby certify that I have been informed about the nature of the study entitled ?Perceptions of South African Radiographers on Private Practice entrepreneurship in Diagnostic Radiography?. I have chosen to participate in a focus group interview and give my consent for the interview to be audio taped. The tapes will be kept in a secure location for a period of two years after which they will be destroyed. Persons with access to the audio-tapes will be the researcher, the study supervisors and the data transcriber. Signed at _________________________ this _____day of ______ 2011 ______________________________ Signature of the research participant ANNEXURE D CONSENT FORM (FOCUS GROUP INTERVIEWS) I ___________________________________ hereby certify that I have been informed about the nature of the study entitled ?The experiences of radiographers working with PACS and RIS in Gauteng?. I have chosen to participate in the focus group interview and understand that I may withdraw my participation at any time. Signed at _________________________ this _____day of ______ 2011 ______________________________ Signature of the research participant ANNEXURE F CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT I, ____________________________ hereby declare that I understand and agree to the following conditions with regards to the transcription of the audio recordings. 1. I understand that the audio recordings are received for the purpose of transcribing records of interviews held with the participants in a research study. 2. I understand that the identity of the participants and any radiology departments discussed as well as the content of the interviews are confidential and may not be revealed. 3. I undertake to treat all audio tapes received as confidential content to which only I will have access. I will keep the audio tapes and any copied material securely. 4. I will return all copies back to the researcher on completion of the transcription NAME: ________________ SIGNATURE:________________ DATE: _________________ ...read more.

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