BRA320 Professional and behavioural aspects of patient care in radiography

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

This subject focuses on aspects of the Radiographer's role, tasks and responsibilities when interacting with the patient. The study of chosen topics that deal with the radiographer's professionalism and behavior as a caregiver will give the student an opportunity to reflect upon situations where different considerations and demands must be weighed up against one another in decision-making processes. The subject deals with communication, conflicts of values, ethical dilemmas, respect and reflection, and factors affecting the Radiographer as a professional practitioner. These challenges are studied on individual basis, group basis and on society basis.

Content: 2A, B, C and D below focus on Social Science subjects from the radiographers´ perspective and are, for the Norwegian students, also part of the common topics for healthcare students (Fellesdel 1-3). 2A Scientific theory and research methodology 2B Ethics 2C State and Local government, health and social politics 2D Communication, interaction and conflict resolution 2E Psychological and pedagogical topics 2F Professional ethics and foundation 3A Patient care and nursing 3G Quality development and documentation

Learning Outcome

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.

Knowledge: The student...

  • has broad knowledge of and insight into criteria for professional practice and patient care in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine  and/or radiotherapy departments
  • has knowledge of the radiography profession´s history, future perspectives and research
  • is familiar with the welfare development in Norway
  • has knowledge about the value of Professional behavior and empathy in patient care
  • has knowledge about the skills needed to recognize and respond to cardiovascular emergencies
  • Knows how to respond to the signs of an acute critical illness
  • is familiar with different approaches to quality improvement regarding patient care in diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy department
  • has knowledge of guidelines for research ethics

Skills: The student...

  • masters communicative and co-operative skills with multicultural, foreign language patients and professional
  • can reflect upon different ways in which healthcare workers themselves can influence health and social politics
  • masters documentation, assessment and improvement of the imaging / nuclear medicine/radiation therapy departments' care, and develops skills and abilities in ethical assessment of the choice of actions and priorities in their own professional practice
  • can discuss research findings and evidence based practice (EBP)
  • can discover and enlighten areas where patient care is not optimal and improvement is necessary
  • masters the first aider's role in case of a cardiovascular emergency and carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • masters to create his/her own realistic case (in a Group)
  • masters to respond to the signs of an acute critical illness

General competence: The student...

  • can plan and carry out a comprehensive approach to patient care (holistic and humanistic) in work in the healthcare team
  • substantiate the essence and main components of a counseling conversation vs. an informative and advisory one (e.g. student instruction, patients and relatives, co-workers, etc.)
  • can carry out a short-time practice-oriented research or clinical Quality Improvement Project (QIP), either independently or in collaboration with colleagues, to improve the quality of care
  • can present results of the quality assurance improvement project
  • can plan and carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • can plan and carry out a simulation process

Entry requirements

This course is offered in the last semester of the Bachelor Program and builds partly upon previously acquired knowledge and experiences, from both theoretical and practical studies. The program is a part of The ERASMUS Radiogpraphy Group (ERG) programs which are offered to last year Radiography Students within the ERG institutions.

Teaching methods

Study methods are lectures, theme days with group work and discussuions, demonstrations and practice of advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ACPR), and simulation. Total student work per week is 40 hours.

Mandatory work: Approved participation in mandatory work requirements

Course requirements

An abstract, connected to the the Quality Improvement Project QIP, of maximum 500 words must be handed in two days ahead of the oral exam.


Oral Exam

5-20 minutes oral presentation of the QIP from the clinical practice, followed by clarifying questions.

Grading scale A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is fail.

New exam Written assignment of the QIP of 1500 Words (in English), in accordance to guidelines for written assignments. The assignment should include a description of improvements in accordance with feedback from sensors.