Patient's participation in clinical practice. A study based on the experiences of six physiotherapists
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Purpose: This study of physiotherapists’ perceptions of their practice was carried out in order to explore how they chose to collaborate with their patients in their clinical practice. Method: Six new graduates in physiotherapy were interviewed about their clinical experiences focusing especially on their collaboration with patients. Clinical practice is defined by a theoretical model introduced by The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for Health Services. Patient participation is an important aspect of this model. The focus of the analyses has been to develop descriptions of interactions which can give new knowledge in the form of common characteristics or typical characteristics. Results: Six examples from the interviews are presented in the article. The examples show different ways of promoting patients’ participation in clinical practice. How the patient is included in the collaboration process is discussed in more detail in the last part of the article. Conclusion: The study has put a focus on the collaboration process, and on how physiotherapists can promote a patient’s participation in clinical practice. The presented cases illuminate an area of importance for physiotherapists working clinically, and hopefully, they will inspire further studies about patients’ participation in clinical practice.