Is doing 'good' good?: professional motives v. community needs

POLLARD, Nick and SAKELLARIOU, Dikaios (2009). Is doing 'good' good?: professional motives v. community needs. Asia Pacific Disability and Rehabilitation Journal, 20 (2).

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Abstract

This paper offers a critical discussion of the goodness of fit between professional motives and community needs in the field of community-based rehabilitation (CBR). Data were drawn from the authors’ involvement in a survey of occupational therapists involved in CBR and a search of CINAHL, PsychInfo and Medline online databases for related descriptive and analytical articles.

Due to cultural differences and time constraints CBR professionals often are, and remain, ‘outsiders’ to the community they are working with. The focus of CBR is sometimes uncertain. Professional motives do not always meet community needs and good intentions do not necessarily transpire into sustainable, culturally appropriate action.

The involvement of the community in all stages of programme development and implementation is important both to ensure relevancy and build alliances with the community. CBR needs to be approached and evaluated as a unique area of professional practice.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Depositing User: Nicholas Pollard
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2011 16:50
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2011 16:50
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3031

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