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

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posted on 17.08.2018, 00:00 by L Chaffey, Carolyn 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.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

73

Issue

7

Start Page

300

End Page

308

Number of Pages

9

eISSN

1477-6006

ISSN

0308-0226

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

16/03/2010

External Author Affiliations

Deakin University; La Trobe University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

British Journal of Occupational Therapy

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