The meaning of professional excellence for private practitioners in occupational therapy

Courtney, Michelle 2005, The meaning of professional excellence for private practitioners in occupational therapy, Australian occupational therapy journal, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 211-217, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2005.00486.x.

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Title The meaning of professional excellence for private practitioners in occupational therapy
Author(s) Courtney, Michelle
Journal name Australian occupational therapy journal
Volume number 52
Issue number 4
Start page 211
End page 217
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0045-0766
Keyword(s) accreditation
private practice
Summary OT AUSTRALIA's Accredited Occupational Therapist Program is promoted using the message 'Assuring professional excellence'. It is widely assumed that professional excellence is understood. Yet, this concept encompasses complex themes, including competence and clinical reasoning. In this paper, the meaning of professional excellence is examined by investigating the perspectives of private practitioners. Private practitioners were chosen as they represent the diversity of the occupational therapy field, and may pre-empt trends within broader practice. Sixteen key informants were interviewed to obtain their perspectives on professional excellence. Common themes that arose from the findings include the significance of experience in practice, and the importance of understanding one's limitations in knowledge and expertise. Findings are discussed in relation to OT AUSTRALIA's aim to assure standards of practice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2005.00486.x
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
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