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Finding common ground with patients: the centrality of compatibility.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15830620     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This research examines the lived experiences of six novice occupational therapists (0-2 years experience) and eight career occupational therapists (> or = 5 years in the everyday practice in adult rehabilitation. The study focused specifically on therapists' experiences of working together with patients and the ways in which these experiences unfolded over the course of therapy. Data were generated using a combination of phenomenological interviews with all 14 therapist-participants (Phase I) and participant observation of four therapist-patient dyads throughout the course of rehabilitation therapy (Phase II). Verbatim transcriptions of all interviews from Phase I and Phase II and field notes from Phase II were analyzed using a narrative approach. The analysis revealed that Finding Common Ground was a shared meaning of working together with patients regarding therapy goals and expectations. Findings suggest that occupational therapists may resist negotiating differences with patients over therapy goals and expectations and instead rely primarily on compatibility as the basis of finding common ground. Findings reveal the importance for occupational therapists to be (1) open to negotiating differences with patients over goals and expectations, (2) aware of the ideologies that may influence their practices, and (3) adequately prepared to deal effectively with the challenging interpersonal aspects of practice.
Susan Ayres Rosa; Betty Risteen Hasselkus
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0272-9490     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Occup Ther     Publication Date:    2005 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-15     Completed Date:  2005-07-15     Revised Date:  2012-08-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7705978     Medline TA:  Am J Occup Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  198-208     Citation Subset:  IM    
Occupational Therapy Program/Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Occupational Therapy*
Professional-Patient Relations*

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