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Therapeutic use of self as defined by Swedish occupational therapists working with clients with cognitive impairments following acquired brain injury
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The concept therapeutic use of self has mainly been described theoretically and empirical descriptions are few. With empirical validation the concept will become more useful for informing practice and explaining what occupational therapists do in the interaction with their clients to facilitate successful outcomes.

The objective of this study was to empirically define the aspects that occupational therapists working with clients with cognitive impairments following acquired brain injury (CIABI) find are consistent with the concept of therapeutic use of self.

Method: Thirteen expert occupational therapists participated. Reactive Delphi technique in three rounds was used where each round built on the results of the previous one. A questionnaire based on current literature was developed for the first round.

Results: Twenty out of 33 statements reached a consensus level of 75% or more. These statements reflected the therapists’ consciousness, self awareness and use of personal characteristics. The statements also concerned the intentions of therapeutic use of self including client group specific intentions such as enhancing self- awareness. The results indicate that the content of the concept may be defined differently depending on the client group.

Conclusions and contribution to practice: The empirical descriptions generated from this study may help occupational therapists working with clients with CIABI to describe how and with what intention they use themselves therapeutically in the rehabilitation process. In occupational therapy education the results may be used to highlight how the concept may be understood in practice and to discuss it in relation to different client groups.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences Occupational Therapy
Research subject
Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-35469OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-35469DiVA, id: diva2:728013
Conference
16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Yokohama, Japan, June 18-21, 2014.
Available from: 2014-06-23 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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