An exploration into the influence of individual occupational therapists’ worldviews on the clinical reasoning process.



Anonymous, (2012) An exploration into the influence of individual occupational therapists’ worldviews on the clinical reasoning process. Other thesis, Queen Margaret University.

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Abstract

Clinical reasoning, the term used in occupational therapy to describe the professional thought processes of practitioners, is a subject that has received much attention in the occupational therapy literature in recent years. A variety of different elements which may influence clinical reasoning have been studied and written about, but a review of the literature demonstrates that strikingly little attention has been paid to personal factors which may shape the decisions taken by occupational therapy practitioners. This paper explores the subject with reference to the philosophical notion of worldview. Worldview has strong links with social constructionist theory, which holds that all knowledge is socially generated. Each of us therefore has a worldview which is shaped by our historical and cultural context, and this worldview serves as a lens through which we perceive reality in our individual ways. A generic qualitative study is proposed to explore the influence of individual worldview on the reasoning processes of five occupational therapists. Open-ended interviews will be conducted, with participants being shown a case vignette as a starting point for discussions. The researcher will guide the interviewees individually through a reflexive process by asking probing questions about their values, beliefs, and assumptions, thereby bringing unconscious assumptions to a conscious level where they can be articulated and explored. Interviews will be recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed. The results will provide a better understanding of how practitioner worldview influences clinical reasoning in occupational therapy, which may have implications for curriculum development as well as for professional practice.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subjects:School of Health Sciences > Occupational Therapy and Art Therapy
ID Code:1095
Deposited By:Mrs Isabel Bentley
Deposited On:26 Oct 2012 14:28
Last Modified:26 Oct 2012 14:28

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