Professional competence for private practitioners in occupational therapy

Courtney, Michelle and Farnworth, Louise 2003, Professional competence for private practitioners in occupational therapy, Australian occupational therapy journal, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 234-243, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2003.00402.x.

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Title Professional competence for private practitioners in occupational therapy
Author(s) Courtney, Michelle
Farnworth, Louise
Journal name Australian occupational therapy journal
Volume number 50
Issue number 4
Start page 234
End page 243
Publisher Blackwell publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0045-0766
Keyword(s) accreditation
occupational therapy
private practice
professional competence
Summary The aim of the present study was to investigate the meaning of professional competence for occupational therapy private practitioners and their experience of the barriers to professional competence. Semi-structured interviews with 16 key informants from private practice in Victoria elicited diverse opinions and experiences. However, the difficulty of assessing competence, and the lack of standards that identify competent practice for occupational therapy were major themes in the findings. The role of theory in competent practice was evident in discussion but it was not clearly articulated by many participants. Experiences of professional socialisation varied yet participants perceived input from peers as contributing to assuring competence. Major barriers to professional competence were identified as professional isolation, time and finances. The present study highlights the complexity of current attempts to assess professional competence for practising occupational therapists including the implementation of an accreditation program by The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists Inc. (OT AUSTRALIA), the peak body representing occupational therapists.
Notes Published Online: 10 Dec 2003
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2003.00402.x
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
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