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Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy

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Show simple item record Dunne, Brid Pettigrew, Judith Robinson, Katie 2020-05-27T08:14:21Z 2020-05-27T08:14:21Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation Dunne, Brid, Pettigrew, Judith, Robinson, Katie (2016) 'Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy'. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy, :376-384. en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract .Introduction: Historical research can benefit health professions by providing a basis for understanding how current beliefs and practices developed over time. From an occupational therapy perspective, a need for deeper critical understandings of the profession has been identified; historical research can facilitate this process. Documentary research is a significant methodology in historical inquiry, but there is a dearth of guidance for occupational therapists wishing to employ this method. Method: A conceptual literature review was conducted to describe how to use documentary sources to understand the development of the profession, drawing on literature from the disciplines of history and occupational therapy. Results: The stages of historical documentary research are described: choosing a topic, sourcing and selecting evidence, and managing sources. How to consider the authenticity, credibility and representativeness of historical material is discussed. Various means to determine the meaning of historical evidence are considered, with chronological, thematic and theoretical approaches proposed. Conclusion: Methodological transparency is central to the process of historical documentary research. To enhance understanding of the quality of historical source material, adoption of the guidelines outlined is recommended. Adopting a clearly defined questioning perspective promotes more substantial conclusions and professional understandings en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries British Journal of Occupational Therapy;79 (6), pp. 376-384
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject research methods en_US
dc.title Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2020-05-27T08:09:24Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0308022615608639
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1617489
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle British Journal Of Occupational Therapy
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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