T030403 Constructivist Grounded Theory Method: A research methodology to help create a future of client centred evidence based practice in occupational therapy. Kirsti Haracz University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia Target Audience: Occupational therapists working in any field, occupational therapy students. Aim of Purpose: To introduce constructivist grounded theory, a research methodology which is not evident in the occupational therapy literature, and to inspire occupational therapists to take action using this methodology to conduct research that will support client centred evidence based practice in occupational therapy. Discussion: Evidence based practive is increasingly being seen as an imperative in health and social care (Taylor, 2007). Challenges to the uptake of evidence based practice by occupational therapists have included an apparent inconsistency with the client centred philosophy of the profession (Hammell, 2001). Definitions that suggest involvement of the client in the process (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists et al, 1999) and increasing acceptance of qualitative research as evidence (Taylor, 2007) have gone some way to address this. However it is also suggested that occupational therapists need to engage in more research that will provide evidence grounded in the client perspective (Hammell, 2001). The author suggests that constructivist grounded theory is a qualitative research methodology that would advance this aim, and generate mid range theories that can inform practice. Conclusions: Constructivist grounded theory method, as yet not well represented in the occupational therapy literature provides a useful methodology for occupational therapists seeking to advance client centred evidence based practice. Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs, Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations and the Presidents’ Advisory Committee (1999) Joint position statement on evidence based practice. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 66, 267-269. Hammell, K. W. (2001). Using qulitative research to inform the client-centred evidence-based practice of occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(5), 228-234. Taylor, M. C. (2007). Evidence based practice for occupational therapists (2nd ed ed.). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Learning Outcomes – (maximum two-not included in word limit) • Key principles and characteristics of constructivist grounded theory • Ideas of how it may be used to advance the client centred evidence based practice in occupational therapy.
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