Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

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Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

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Dear Editor,

I was happy to read Ted Brown and Brett Williams research article regarding the team member style preferences of occupational therapy students in the September issue of New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy. As an undergraduate occupational therapy student, I can closely relate to the research undertaken by Brown and Williams (2013). As mentioned in the article an overwhelming majority of occupational therapists will work in a healthcare setting where it is crucial to be able to work in a team. In rehabilitation centres, interdisciplinary teams predominate where different members of the healthcare staff work together in order to combine their skills and resources to present guidance and information to the patient.

Catlett and Harper (1992) state that they believe that an interdisciplinary approach is the most effective for the patient. The end product of a true interdisciplinary approach is an integrated plan of care that involves effective collaboration between team members. I am bound to agree with the authors since an interdisciplinary team provides client centered goals by assisting and creating opportunities for communication and collaboration between different professions. Combining the goals of different disciplines and focusing them on the patient will result in a reduction of conflict within the team (Armstrong, 2008).

It would be interesting to perform similar research with students in medical school to see if there is any difference in team preference compared to occupational therapy students. Future research should allow for larger sample size in order to increase representation among the genders. …

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