Drawing on Occupational Therapists’ Practice Knowledge to Inform Clinical Reasoning and Promote Equity: A Qualitative Exploratory Pilot Study
Principal Investigator: Sandra VanderKaay, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), Assistant Professor Scientist, CanChild, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, email@example.com
Purpose and description of study:
- Dr. Wenonah Campbell, Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
- Dr. Annie Carrier, Professeure agrégée, École de réadaptation, Faculté de médecine et des sciences de la santé, Université de Sherbrooke
- Shaminder Dhillon, Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
- Dr. Stella Ng, Director and Scientist, University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education at University Health Network
You are being invited to participate in a research study conducted by Sandra VanderKaay in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. The purpose of the study is to explore how occupational therapists who self-identify as part of an equity-deserving group and who work with clients from equity-deserving groups draw on their practice knowledges (i.e., epistemologies of practice) to inform clinical reasoning in a way that promotes equity.
We are seeking participants to participate in 1:1 interviews who: (a) are registered in their province or territory of practice, (b) self-identify as belonging to equity-deserving group(s), (c) are able to critically reflect on their positionality, (d) are able to critically reflect on and explain their clinical reasoning, (e) are comfortable answering potentially sensitive questions, (f) work with clients (ideally client populations) that are traditionally equity-deserving, and (g) are French or English speaking.
Your participation in the study is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.
Results of this study will inform a research grant proposal for a larger-scale study aimed at developing an equity-informed clinical reasoning framework/practice guidelines for occupational therapists that promotes health equity for all Canadians particularly those from equity-deserving groups. This research will not only provide valuable pilot data but will also support refinements of sampling strategy, interview guide, and data analysis.
Please contact Sandra VanderKaay at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions or are interested in participating in the study.
Deadline to participate:
June 30, 2023