Research Pathways for Occupational Therapists: Taking our own Road

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The nature of qualitative research is examined through a review of the literature. The resonances between qualitative research and the practice and philosophy of occupational therapy are suggested. Particular attention is paid to the parallels in the areas of client-centred practice, holism, adult learning, gender issues, use of language and reflection. It is suggested that qualitative research is an appropriate methodology for research undertaken by occupational therapists and one for which they are well equipped by the nature of their core skills and philosophy.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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