In her 2001 edited text, Qualitative Research in Occupational Therapy: Strategies and Experiences, Joanne Valiant Cook presents an approachable and informative introduction to qualitative research for occupational therapists. As the discipline of occupational therapy continues to develop its own base of knowledge, the need for research methods which capture the complexity of occupation has become evident. Through considering the similarity between the founding principles of occupational therapy and the world-view of qualitative research, Cook presents a theoretically-oriented research guide specific to the domain of concern of occupational therapy. Examples of qualitative studies and reflections of occupational therapy researchers will be helpful to occupational therapy practitioners and researchers embarking upon the journey of qualitative inquiry to contribute to the discipline’s body of knowledge.


Qualitative Inquiry, Occupational Therapy, Research Methods, Occupational Therapy Qualitative Studies

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Kathleen M. DeNault, OTR/L, SIPT Cert., is a Registered Occupational Therapist who specializes in pediatric practice. She has advanced training in sensory integration. She also has completed graduate coursework in Architecture and Environmental Psychology. She is currently pursuing a post-professional Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl (expected graduation date: August 2010). Specific research interests include: occupational engagement of individuals with autistic spectrum disorder, environment as intervention, and the implications of the built environment upon performance of students with sensory processing disorder. She has been a guest lecturer at the Department of Occupational Therapy at Philadelphia University. She can be reached via email at denault@nova.edu.

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Original volume and issue number from The Qualitative Weekly, an offshoot publication of The Qualitative Report which has been folded into the primary journal: Volume 2, Issue 28


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