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Title: Communities of practice: A means to support occupational therapists’ continuing professional development. A literature review
Authors: Barry, Margot
Kuijer-Siebelink, Wietske
Nieuwenhuis, Loek
Scherpbier-de Haan, Nynke
Keywords: contemporary practice issues,
occupational therapy research.
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Austrailan Occupationl Therapy Journal
Citation: Barry, M., Kuijer, W., Nieuwenhuis, L. & Scherpbier, N. (2017). Communities of Practice: a means to support occupational therapists’ continuing professional development. A literature review. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 64(2), 185-193. doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12334
Abstract: Background: This literature review investigates what research reports about the contribution that communities of practice (CoPs) can make in the continuing professional development (CPD) of qualified occupational therapists. Methods: Academic databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE and ERIC) were searched and articles were included based on pre-determined criteria. Five articles were included in the review. Results: The CoPs in the reviewed articles provided opportunities for knowledge sharing, knowledge translation, reflection on action and learning through boundary crossing. The presence of professionals with diverse perspectives was an important ingredient that facilitated CPD. Conclusion: Research into the use of CoPs in occupational therapy is sparse. CoPs could provide a CPD forum for occupational therapists whether online or face to face. Practitioners are encouraged to participate in CoPs
ISSN: doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12334
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