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Occupational Therapist: A Chameleon in the Light of Paradigms
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. AFR. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
1994 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 59-68Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this pilotstudy is to present a more disticnct profile of the profession, deriving inspiration from Törnebohm's theory of paradigms. Six occupational therapists answered in writing 12 open essay questions about their ideas on paradigmatic matters. The focus in the questions is within the occupational therapist's field of action view and results are presented as aspects of practice. The occupational therapist is like a chameleon in the field of health care. She alters between different roles, using various parts of her professional competence to support the patient in reaching a meaningful everyday life from the patient's own perspective. The flexibility of the profession may contribute to many occupational therapists' feelings of having av vague professional profile, but is fundamental and a prerequisite of good occupational therapy. A greater awareness of our professional paradigm creates conditions by which it can be improved and adapted to variable demands. and a greater possibility to express the profession to society.

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1994. Vol. 1, no 2, p. 59-68
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Flexibility, practice, profession, profile, reflection, Törnebohm
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Occupational Therapy Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-6156DiVA, id: diva2:36976
Available from: 2007-10-19 Created: 2007-10-19 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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