L'ergothérapie dans le champ des professions paramédicales : positions, prises de position et représentations

Abstract : Occupational therapy in the paramedical field: positions, stand points, perceptions.Our reasoning consists in studying the trade of occupational therapists. This profession can be included in a professional field in which legitimacy and recognition are at stake. Occupational therapy is a profession of reeducation and rehabilitation, that supposes a three-year training in special schools and for which a state degree is delivered. Indeed the state validates the professional qualification of occupational therapists through the decree of competences. However, the therapy performed by the occupational therapists has to be (taken) in accordance with medical doctor instruction. So, in the medical work division the place of the occupational therapist is in the middleman like the physiotherapist or the psychomotrician for instance. In these conditions can the occupational therapists get autonomy to a certain extent? Among the medical world in general the occupational therapists have difficulties to find a place because the knowledge on which is based the profession stems from many areas (medicine, psychology, ergonomics, ). In addition to that, all the areas covered by occupational therapists are not always known by the general practitioners, the others paramedical professions and people in general. So the recognition of the trade like the occupational therapists depends in great part on ability on his members to emphasize their expertise among the medical body, the patients and the administration
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Claude Wagner. L'ergothérapie dans le champ des professions paramédicales : positions, prises de position et représentations. Sociologie. Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 2004. Français. ⟨NNT : 2004METZ005L⟩. ⟨tel-01750109⟩

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