Occupational therapists as expert witnesses on work capacity

Allen, Shelly, Ownsworth, Tamara, Carlson, Glenys and Strong, Jenny (2010) Occupational therapists as expert witnesses on work capacity. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57 2: 88-94. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00834.x

Author Allen, Shelly
Ownsworth, Tamara
Carlson, Glenys
Strong, Jenny
Title Occupational therapists as expert witnesses on work capacity
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00834.x
Volume 57
Issue 2
Start page 88
End page 94
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
940406 Legal Processes
180122 Legal Theory, Jurisprudence and Legal Interpretation
Formatted abstract
Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the particular
challenges for occupational therapists during their crossexamination
as an expert witness on work capacity.
Methods: Grounded theory methodology was used to collect
and analyse data. Interviews were conducted with 31
participants with direct experience of occupational therapy
work capacity assessments. Of these, 19 were occupational
therapists, six were medical specialists and six were lawyers.
Results: All participant groups perceived that maintaining
one’s credibility in the witness box was of paramount
importance. The occupational therapists identified 11
strategies that barristers may use to challenge their credibility
as an expert witness.
Conclusions: The three professional groups proposed
practices that maintain occupational therapists’ credibility
as expert witnesses on the work capacity of personal
injury claimants.
Keyword Expert witness
Medicolegal aspect
Occupational therapy
Qualitative research
Work capacity evaluation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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