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Access to statistical support for medical imaging research: questionnaire survey of UK radiology trainees

Campbell, SZ; Kuah, JY; Hall-Craggs, M; Parry, T; Mallett, S; Halligan, S; (2022) Access to statistical support for medical imaging research: questionnaire survey of UK radiology trainees. Clinical Radiology , 77 (12) pp. 920-924. 10.1016/j.crad.2022.08.136. Green open access

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Abstract

AIM: To investigate the level of statistical support available to UK radiology trainees, and to gather opinions regarding how support may affect their current and future research aspirations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An online survey was developed, piloted, and distributed to radiology trainees via the UK Radiology Academic Network for Trainees and training programme directors. Research experience, research aspirations, available and desired statistical support, and attitudes to statistics were surveyed and responses were collated. RESULTS: Seventy-nine responses were received, only two (3%) of whom had allocated time for research. Only three (4%) respondents were content with their statistical support whereas 25 (32%) reported insufficient statistical support; 13 (52%) of these believed this impacted "considerably" on research aspirations. Sixty-six (84%) respondents desired dedicated statistical support, 40 (61%) of whom stated the amount required would likely be "moderate" and 26 (39%) "significant". Respondents believed support would be most helpful to analyse data already collected (41 responses, 54%) rather than research planning (25, 33%). Most respondents (60, 76%) had used self-help methods to learn research statistics but only 21 (35%) found this useful. CONCLUSION: Training schemes must improve the provision, access to, and awareness of statistical support so that any research efforts are performed to a high standard. Trainees should not be expected to participate in research without sufficient time, mentorship, and statistical support.

Type: Article
Title: Access to statistical support for medical imaging research: questionnaire survey of UK radiology trainees
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.crad.2022.08.136
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crad.2022.08.136
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Department of Imaging
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10157094
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