Survey of research participation amongst UK radiology trainees: aspirations, barriers, solutions and the Radiology Academic Network for Trainees (RADIANT).


Kamaledeen S(1), Brown P(2), Gangi A(1), Pantelidou M(3), Chan N(4).
Author information:
(1)Department of Radiology, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth, UK.
(2)Leeds and West Yorkshire Radiology Academy, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George St, Leeds, UK.
(3)Department of Radiology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, UK.
(4)Department of Neuroradiology, King's College Hospital, London, UK. Electronic address: [Email]


AIM: To inform the activity of the newly formed Radiology Academic Network for Trainees (RADIANT) regarding the current level of interest, engagement, and barriers experienced by UK radiology trainees to undertake research. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A web-based survey containing nine questions was sent to the UK radiology training programme directors for distribution to trainees. The survey was also distributed to all trainee members of the RADIANT network. This led to 224 responses over a period of 2 months. RESULTS: A large proportion of respondents indicated a desire to participate in research in the next 12 months 72.3% (n=162). The most frequently reported barriers to research were lack of time (60.7%, n=136), lack of awareness of local/departmental opportunities (53.6%, n=120), and limited experience in research statistics (46%, n=103). The most favoured factor that would improve access to research was structured research training opportunities, qualified as a project with clear goals and timeline (71%, n=159), protected time for research (68.8%, n=154), and local or national trainee research networks (40.2%, n=90 and 37.1%, n=83, respectively). CONCLUSION: Many radiology trainees would like to participate in research, but multiple barriers exist. The formation of RADIANT is seen as a key part of a multifaceted approach to improving access to quality research activity alongside support from local and regional training bodies.