Knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed for occupational therapists and physiotherapists new to work-related practice

Adam, Kerry, Gibson, Elizabeth, Strong, Jenny and Lyle, Alexandra (2011) Knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed for occupational therapists and physiotherapists new to work-related practice. Work, 38 309-318. doi:10.3233/WOR-2011-1134


Author Adam, Kerry
Gibson, Elizabeth
Strong, Jenny
Lyle, Alexandra
Title Knowledge, skills and professional behaviours needed for occupational therapists and physiotherapists new to work-related practice
Journal name Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-2011-1134
Volume 38
Start page 309
End page 318
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: The paper seeks to identify the key knowledge domains, skills and professional behaviours required to prepare occupational therapists and physiotherapists for employment in work related practice.
Participants: Twelve experienced work related practitioners in one Australian state participated in face to face semi-structured interviews. Participants represented the majority of perspectives in the field and in addition to professional qualifications, a number of participants were employers or contractors of therapists.
Methods: The paper reviews existing evidence about knowledge, skills and professional behaviours in the field. The results of a study examining requisite knowledge, skills and professional behaviours for occupational therapists and physiotherapists follow. Interviews were analysed using the Leximancer™ text analysis program developed at The University of Queensland.
Results: A high level of congruence was evident in key areas of knowledge, skills and professional behaviours between all interviewees and the literature. Findings included the need for very good communication skills by both professions and the need for a sound grounding in specific disciplinary skills. Results identified that occupational therapists take a broad view of function and task analysis and that physiotherapists have good skills in anatomy, musculoskeletal assessment and movement analysis.
Conclusions: These results are considered in relation to planning the clinical education of OT and PT students in preparation for work related practice.
Keyword Knowledge
Skills
Professional behaviours
New graduates
Occupational therapy
Physiotherapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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