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Solution-focused approaches and their relevance to practice development


Walsh, K and Moss, C and Fitzgerald, MA, Solution-focused approaches and their relevance to practice development, Practice Development in Health Care, 5, (3) pp. 145-155. ISSN 1557-105X (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/pdh.192


Drawing on experience as facilitators of practice development the authors in this article propose the use of solution-focused approaches to practical puzzles. Solution-focused work in practice development draws on solutions-focused therapy but is distinct from it in a number of important ways. In the article there is an emphasis on the energy that emanates from the recognition of internal (personal or team) strengths and the ways that facilitators may guide practice developers to build confidence in their own ability to find solutions in the seemingly messy world of everyday clinical practice. This article begins with two descriptions of solution-focused work in practice development situations and goes on to discuss the origins of solutions-focused work in therapy and the adaptations required for use in practice development and concludes with a recommendation for its adoption among the repertoire of practice development facilitator tools.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Fitzgerald, MA (Professor Mary Fitzgerald)
ID Code:59999
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Nurse Education Unit
Deposited On:2010-01-05
Last Modified:2010-03-17

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