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Sonographers’ perspectives on research – A worldwide online questionnaire study

Pedersen, M. R. V., Kraus, B., Santos, R. & Harrison, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-2795-8190 (2024). Sonographers’ perspectives on research – A worldwide online questionnaire study. Radiography, 30(2), pp. 483-491. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2023.12.010


Research has been performed by sonographers (also known as ultrasound reporting radiographers) for many years for improving diagnosis of disease, developing new imaging approaches, and enhancing patient outcomes. Despite this, sonographers’ perspectives on research have not been well studied. To understand the views of sonographers is essential, as they have an important role in the successful implementation of research outcomes during their daily work.

The study aimed to explore sonographers’ perspectives on research.

This cross-sectional online questionnaire was developed, and pilot tested, before distribution on social media platforms by the research group to sonographers or reporting radiographers in ultrasound worldwide. The questionnaire included 21-items. The link was open for 8 weeks in the spring of 2023. A mix of closed, open and scale questions were used. Informed consent was mandatory, and information about the study and anonymity was presented.

A total of 165 sonographers participated in the questionnaire of which 66.1 % were from Europe (n = 109), 6.1 % from North America (n = 10), 0.6 % from South America (n = 1), 2.4 % from Asia (n = 4), 13.3 % from Africa (n = 22) and 11.5 % from Oceania (n = 19). A total of 32 % of the participants had performed research. Also, 68.5 % would like to become more involved in research.

Most sonographers work in large hospitals, and half of them have obtained academic level 7 education. A limited number of sonographers have published peer reviewed papers. Many sonographers expressed an interest in research. This suggests a potential for future development of the sonographers’ role in research.

Implications for practice
The findings for this study provide insight that could be used to improve research practice for sonographers.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd on behalf of The College of Radiographers. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
Publisher Keywords: Sonography, Questionnaire, Research, Ultrasound reporting radiographer, Advanced practice
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
T Technology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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