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Leadership and resilience in adversity: The impact of COVID-19 on radiography researchers and ways forward

Stogiannos, N., Skelton, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-0132-7948, Rogers, C. ORCID: 0000-0001-7820-7309 , Sharma, M., Papathanasiou, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-1081-8530, Venter, R. V. D., Nugent, B., Francis, J. M., Walton, L., Sullivan, C. O., Abdurakman, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-7043-052X, Mannion, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-9400-9238, Thorne, R. & Malamateniou, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2352-8575 (2022). Leadership and resilience in adversity: The impact of COVID-19 on radiography researchers and ways forward. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 53(4), S47-S52. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2022.09.011


The recent coronavirus pandemic has greatly impacted research and academia in various ways. While it introduced new challenges and adversity, it has also presented some opportunities. Long-term physical and mental health issues, the need for research design/methodology adaptation and the isolation from the research community, have all been important barriers to radiography researchers worldwide. This work summarizes the main challenges associated with conducting research during the pandemic, as well as opportunities through adaptations of research workflows and routines. We also suggest ways forward to sustain research capacity, while ensuring integrity and quality. The personal reflections and lived experiences of our diverse group of radiography researchers were captured in a summative table. Our comments aligned with similar experiences expressed within the wider literature. Effective leadership and the ability to demonstrate resilience in such challenging situations are highlighted as ways to overcome such crises. Some practical solutions are also provided, which can be adopted not only by radiography researchers, but also by the wider research community in healthcare and beyond.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2022. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Radiography, Research, Leadership, Resilience, Adversity, COVID-19
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QR Microbiology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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