July 2021 civil unrest: South African diagnostic radiography students’ experiences

Health SA Gesondheid

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Title July 2021 civil unrest: South African diagnostic radiography students’ experiences
Creator Naidoo, Kathleen Lewis, Shantel Essop, Hafsa Koch, Gerhardus G.V. Khoza, Thandokuhle E. Phahlamohlaka, Nape M. Badriparsad, Nicole R.
Subject — civil unrest; lived experiences; undergraduate diagnostic radiography students; clinical training; health care education work-integrated learning
Description Background: South Africa (SA), in 2021, experienced a wave of civil unrest following political events that led to mass looting and the destruction of property. Civil unrests, among other disruptions, have been seen to cause ripple effects on healthcare education, particularly for radiography students who undergo work integrated learning within hospitals and universities, even during these times of unrest.Aim: This study aimed to explore and describe the undergraduate diagnostic radiography students’ experience of the civil unrest that occurred in SA in 2021.Setting: The study was conducted across five universities in South Africa, offering the diagnostic radiography programme.Methods: A qualitative, interpretive phenomenological design was employed as it enabled the researchers to facilitate focus group interviews to gain insight into the lived experiences of the students during this time.Results: Four themes emerged from the study data, namely: (1) Negative effects on students’ emotional and psychological well-being, (2) Academic and clinical support mechanisms during disruptions, (3) The influence of disruptions on clinical training, (4) Recommendations to support students for future disruptions.Conclusion: The participants from this study described the negative effects that the civil unrest had on their emotional and mental well-being. There is a need for increased support mechanisms during times of disruptions from universities across South Africa.Contribution: The findings highlight the ripple effects that disruptions, such as civil unrests, have on radiography students. This can assist universities to relook at their institutional support structures, in order to enhance the current support given to students across universities in times of disruptions.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-08-31
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hsag.v28i0.2253
Source Health SA Gesondheid; Vol 28 (2023); 9 pages 2071-9736 1025-9848
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa 2021-2022 20-25; females and males; black (African) people, white people, coloured people, indian people
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Kathleen Naidoo, Shantel Lewis, Hafsa Essop, Gerhardus G.V. Koch, Thandokuhle E. Khoza, Nape M. Phahlamohlaka, Nicole R. Badriparsad https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0