Radiographers’ organisational commitment and occupational stress: First Covid-19 wave

Matthew Lemon , Abdullah Almutairi, Mathew O'Connor , Yousef Amin, Chandra Makanjee, Rob Davidson, Christopher Hayre, Shantel Lewis

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Abstract

Introduction: Radiographers, like many health professionals, are in a high-risk group for succumbing to workplace demands beyond their ability to cope, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in occupational stress. Occupational stress has been linked to poor organisational commitment. Therefore, the purpose of this research was to evaluate radiographers’ organisational commitment and occupational stress after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A mixed method approach entailed data collected from purposively sampled Australian radiographers working during the first COVID-19 wave. The quantitative phase used an online commitment questionnaire, and 21 semi-structured individual virtual interviews were conducted in the qualitative phase. Data interpretation and analysis used statistical and thematic approaches. Results: The quantitative data revealed a higher level of continuance than affective and normative commitment. Whereas the qualitative findings showed participants high levels of affective commitment to their occupation and, together with leadership support, working collectively towards a positive outcome. Conclusion: Despite the variety of occupational stressors that arose during the COVID-19 crisis, Australian radiographers enjoy a high level of occupational and organisational commitment. Implications for practice: Radiographers' organisational commitment represents their emotional and psychological attachment to their workplace, and radiographers experiencing occupational stress represent high levels of psychosomatic distress and burnout. Therefore, considering radiographers’ organisational commitment and occupational stress is essential in the delivery of services, quality of patient care and radiographers well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1120
Number of pages6
JournalRadiography
Volume29
Issue number6
Early online date27 Sept 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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