The Artistry of Judgement: A Model for Occupational Therapy Practice

Margo Paterson, Joy Higgs, Susan Wilcox

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    This paper reports on a model developed through qualitative research to examine the intriguing topic of the artistry of judgement in occupational therapy. The construct of professional practice judgement artistry or PPJA was developed (Paterson and Higgs 2001) to explore the cognitive, metacognitive and humanistic aspects of judgement in professional practice. Fifty-three occupational therapy educators and practitioners from four Commonwealth countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom)participated in focus groups and individual interviews over a one-year period in 2001-2. This research identified a number of dimensions and elements that constitute judgement artistry.The model offers a valuable insight into understanding expertise in professional practice in an era when practitioners are struggling with a demand for increased scientific research knowledge to provide evidence for best practice. This research paper recognises the value of the art of occupational therapy and supports a client-centred approach to practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)409-417
    Number of pages9
    JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 2005


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