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Use of occupation-focused language by occupational therapists in physical health care settings when considering older people and alcohol use

Maclean, Fiona; Breckenridge, Jenna


Jenna Breckenridge


Statement of context
There is ongoing debate about therapists’ use of occupation-focused language in practice. Through practice language analysis we explored how conceptual models influence therapists’ word choice by re-analysing qualitative data from a survey of occupational therapists’ knowledge and beliefs about alcohol use amongst older people.

Critical reflection on practice
We used word clouds to analyse practitioners’ responses about whether they used conceptual models in practice. We reflect on three themes: theories that mirror the realities of practice; shaping theories in action; and ‘considered’ practice.

Implications for practice
Conceptual models shape, and are shaped by, the language of practice. This provides insight into the relationship between models, language and professional identity.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 23, 2014
Online Publication Date Jul 1, 2015
Publication Date 2015-11
Deposit Date Mar 17, 2023
Journal British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Print ISSN 0308-0226
Electronic ISSN 1477-6006
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 78
Issue 11
Pages 713-717
Keywords Occupation, language