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This qualitative study was done via a semi structured interview with Dr. Wanda Berg. This paper reflects only a portion of a larger study done to learn about the history of occupational therapy (OT) from the perspective of influential OT practitioners and educators from North Dakota (ND) and Wyoming. From the researcher's interview with Dr. Berg, themes about her life and the profession were discovered.
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to learn about the history of occupational therapy from the perspective of influential OT practitioners and educators from North Dakota and Wyoming
Methods: A qualitative study was done using the life history approach. A semi-structured interview, which was guided by the Kawa model, was conducted with Dr. Wanda Berg. The interview was recorded and transcribed verbatim prior to data analysis.
Results: Data analysis was generated by collapsing the information gained in the interview to codes which were in turn collapsed into categories and corresponding themes, from this an assertion was then determined.
Conclusion: Dr. Berg feels that the occupational therapy profession, provides versatility in education and employment. It also provides opportunity for personal and professional growth throughout one’s lifetime. OT has evolved greatly over time, but continues to allow for financial stability and personal satisfaction as professionals can still enjoy a family and positive relationships with their colleagues.
occupational therapists, Versatility in education, financial stability, personal satisfaction.
Brown, Tiana and Fox, Alli, "Life History of Dr. Wanda Berg" (2017). Oral History Posters. 5.
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