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A grounded theory of intuition among occupational therapists in mental health practice

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posted on 2010-07-01, 00:00 authored by Lisa Chaffey, C Unsworth, E Fossey
Objectives: This study aimed to explore occupational therapists’ understanding and use of intuition in mental health practice.
Method: Using a grounded theory approach, a theoretical sample of nine occupational therapists practising in mental health settings participated in semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed using the constant comparative method.
Findings: Intuition was found to be embedded within clinical reasoning. From the data, intuition was defined as knowledge without conscious awareness of reasoning. The participants viewed intuition as elusive and underground, and suggested that professional experience led to a more comfortable use of intuition. Using intuition relied on therapists’ understanding of their own and others’ emotions, and intuition partnered analysis within their clinical reasoning. A grounded theory of the use of intuition in mental health settings is proposed.
Conclusion: Occupational therapists practising in mental health settings understand intuition to be an instinctive understanding of situations, resulting from their professional experience and the understanding of emotions.

History

Journal

British journal of occupational therapy

Volume

73

Issue

7

Pagination

300 - 308

Publisher

College of Occupational Therapists

Location

London, England

ISSN

0308-0226

eISSN

1477-6006

Language

eng

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Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, College of Occupational Therapists

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