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.
Maclean, F., & Breckenridge, J. (2015). Use of occupation-focused language by occupational therapists in physical health care settings when considering older people and alcohol use. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(11), 713-717. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022615580326