Exploring Indian occupational therapists’ perspectives regarding use of conceptual models to guide occupational therapy practice in India. (Masters Dissertation)
Author: Kavitha Murthi BOT (MUHS, India), MSc OT (UK), FHEA (Higher Education Academy), OTR.
(In partial fulfilment of the Requirements for the degree of Master of Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University)
The selection and use of conceptual models to guide practice depends on practitioners’ perceived utility of models to suit clients and this consecutively is influenced by education, culture and contextual limitations like insufficient time etc. But using models to guide practice enhances practitioners’
professional identity which enables them to uphold the unique stance of this profession. Despite these benefits of using models, there is no documented evidence within Indian literature about which has a potential to jeopardize the growth of this profession in India. Hence there is a dire need to establish foundation which would enable better understanding about the premise used by Indian therapists’ to make clinical choices. Appropriately, this study intends to determine the possible influence of culture on Indian occupational therapists’ perspectives regarding conceptual models of practice using generic qualitative methodology. Single in-depth semi-structured interviews will be conducted with 10 Indian OTs through purposive sampling. Consent will obtained from participants at different stages and also to tape the interview process.Stringent techniques to endure credibility of the study will be ensured using reflexivity, audit trails and respondent validation and data protection.The results obtained with be thematically divided an analysed to obtain authentic findings which will be related to a larger audience by adopting different strategies. It is expected that this study will act as a pilot to understand the rationale used by Indian therapists to underpin their interventions.