Spirituality in practice: using personal reflection to prepare occupational therapy students

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Introduction: The study examines whether directed study and reflection on spirituality can improve occupational therapy students' confidence in addressing clients' spiritual needs.

Method: In this qualitative study, questionnaires were distributed to a convenience sample of 12 students. In a quasi-experimental design using a pre-test and post-test approach, participants answered questions before and after reading about spirituality and completing a personal reflection.

Results: Nine participants (75%) believed that the reflection increased awareness of their spirituality. Of these, 78% felt more confident to address spiritual needs.

Conclusion: This study suggests that directed study and personal reflection upon spirituality can enhance personal professional development, increasing students' confidence in this core domain.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802211X13021048723219

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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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 http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

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

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