Occupational therapists' perspectives on the potential use of performance profiling in occupational therapy practice

Perryman, Michelle and Morris, Karen (2018) Occupational therapists' perspectives on the potential use of performance profiling in occupational therapy practice. In: Occupational Science & Technology Research Lectureship, 14 December 2018, Union West Ballroom, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Introduction: Client centred practice is seen to be vital to the occupational therapy profession. However, there are ongoing challenges to promote our professional values and meet the expectations of services and organisations. There is still a significant shift needed from therapist led sessions to truly collaborative therapy (Sumsion 2006). As a result, the research introduced an alternative method in the form of Performance Profiling to occupational therapy. Performance Profiling is a natural application of Kelly’s (1955) Personal Construct theory that is utilised within sporting psychology (Butler and Hardy 1992). The method offers a systematic approach to enhance the understanding of how athletes rate their physical, psychological and technical skill development to enable optimum performance. This supports collaboration to build ideal intervention based on the athlete’s perception of need (Doyle & Parfitt 1997).

Methods/Design: The research utilised a social constructionist qualitative method which included a workshop introduction, interview or focus group. The participants were asked two questions 1. To share their thoughts about Performance Profiling and 2. Whether they thought it could support Occupational Therapy Practice. Nine expert occupational therapist from three counties participated. The data was thematically analysed.

Results and Discussion: Four major themes were found, theoretical perspectives, practice settings, promoting communication and education. There was an agreement that Performance Profiling had potential use of supporting occupational therapy practice by promoting effective communication with clients. However, further research is required to understand its contribution to the client therapist relationship. This research is a first of a grounded theory doctoral research to provide insight into the valuable communication within the therapy process.

Acknowledgements: We the authors would like to thank all the participants for giving their time and dedication to the research process. Our gratitude is extended to the University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee Occupational Science and Technology team for their continued support to ensure the next phase of the research maintains an international perspective. Special thanks to Dr. Ginny Stoffel and Dr. Jay Kapellusch for your mentorship.

Prior submissions: This research has been presented at; The Royal College of Occupational Therapists- UK (2015) with developments presented at the; American Association of Occupational Therapists (2018).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Departments: Public Health, Specialist and Advanced Practice
Additional Information: Michelle Perryman, Doctoral Researcher in Performance Profiling & Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria, UK. Karen Morris, Principal Lecturer in Rehabilitation, University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 15:49
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2019 16:00
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4323

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