Questioning: a critical skill in postmodern health-care service delivery

Carey A. Brown, Katrina Bannigan, Joanna R. Gill

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Abstract

Occupational therapists can no longer rely exclusively on biomedical frameworks to guide their practice and facilitate clinical problem-solving. A postmodernist perspective of health and well-being underlines that the illness experience is not a linear, cause-and-effect equation. Rather, life experiences are constructed through a myriad of social, cultural, physical and economic contexts that are highly unique to each individual. In other words, the assumption that ‘one-size-fits-all’ is as flawed in health care as it is in clothing design.

This paper contributes to the growing discussion of health care within the postmodern context of the twenty-first century through first presenting a brief discussion of emerging postmodern thinking and application within the profession, followed by a rationale for the need to scrutinise prevalent modernist assumptions that guide decision-making. Finally, the paper introduces the method of Socratic questioning as a critical tool in successfully carrying out this scrutiny in an empowering and respectful manner for all stakeholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-210
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Volume56
Issue number3
Early online date19 May 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2009

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Keywords

  • occupational therapy
  • postmodernity
  • Socratic questioning
  • decision-making

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Brown, C. A., Bannigan, K., & Gill, J. R. (2009). Questioning: a critical skill in postmodern health-care service delivery. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56(3), 206-210. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1630.2008.00756.x
Brown, Carey A. ; Bannigan, Katrina ; Gill, Joanna R. / Questioning: a critical skill in postmodern health-care service delivery. In: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2009 ; Vol. 56, No. 3. pp. 206-210.
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In: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Vol. 56, No. 3, 01.06.2009, p. 206-210.

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Brown CA, Bannigan K, Gill JR. Questioning: a critical skill in postmodern health-care service delivery. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 2009 Jun 1;56(3):206-210. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-1630.2008.00756.x