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Research Article  |   October 1998
Competence in Scientific Inquiry and Research
Author Affiliations
  • Beatriz C. Abreu, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Director of Occupational Therapy, Transitional Learning Community at Galveston, PO Box 1228, 1528 Postoffice, Galveston, Texas 77553, and Clinical Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas
  • Suzanne M. Peloquin, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, School of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas
  • Kenneth Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Vice Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, Texas
Article Information
Special Issue on Professional Competence
Research Article   |   October 1998
Competence in Scientific Inquiry and Research
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1998, Vol. 52, 751-759. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.9.751
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1998, Vol. 52, 751-759. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.9.751
Abstract

The survival and expansion of the profession of occupational therapy depends on its ability to respond to continually changing environments. One of the most current and critical factors in this adaptation is the capacity of therapists to achieve competence in scientific inquiry and research. Competence in the role of researcher is necessary because it contributes to the development of the individual therapist, the profession, and the organization within which the therapist functions. The aim of this article is to review and elaborate on the competencies associated with the role of researcher and to propose a reconceptualization of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that shape competence in scientific inquiry.