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‘It sowed a seed’: exploring the professional experiences of occupational therapists who started working in Ireland in the 1970s’

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dc.contributor.author Lynch, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-23T11:15:19Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-23T11:15:19Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3232
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: There have been increasing calls from occupational therapy associations and scholars around the world to engage in historical research in order to better understand, promote and advance the profession (Trentham 2011; Molke 2009). The history of nursing, medicine and other health professions is well documented, both in Ireland and abroad; however there is no official record of the history of occupational therapy in Ireland. As AOTI prepares to celebrate its 50th birthday in 2014 and the profession moves towards registration it is hoped this research will contribute to greater awareness of the experiences and contributions of occupational therapists in Ireland. Objectives: This study aims to explore and record the professional experiences of occupational therapists in Ireland; contribute to the University of Limerick’s archive on the history of occupational therapy in Ireland; and also add to the growing body of international literature on the history of the profession. Methods: A qualitative oral history methodology was employed involving seven in-depth, semi-structured interviews with occupational therapists who began working in Ireland in the 1970s. The results were subject to thematic analysis. Results: Results highlight the experiences and contributions of occupational therapists who graduated in the 1970s, particularly through opening departments and pioneering services. Themes include developing services; the problem of professional recognition; and professional and personal development. Conclusions: This research records the challenges and rewards associated with working as an occupational therapist in Ireland. It is hoped that these findings will contribute to greater understanding of the development of our professional identity. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject occupational therapy en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.title ‘It sowed a seed’: exploring the professional experiences of occupational therapists who started working in Ireland in the 1970s’ en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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