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Physiotherapists in Balint Group Training.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5066-8728
Psychiatric Clinic, Central Hospital, Västerås, Sweden.
Division of Physiotherapy, Tranås, Sweden.
2000 (English)In: Physiotherapy Research International, ISSN 1358-2267, Vol. 5, no 2, 85-96 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background and PurposeBalint group training (BGT) is a method widely used for enhancing understanding of the relationship and communication between health professionals and their patients. Participants meet in small groups, on a regular basis, with a tutor to discuss their experiences of problem cases. The method was originally developed in the 1950s for enhancing understanding of the doctor-patient relationship. Few studies have focused on BGT and physiotherapists. The aim of the present study was to describe and analyse physiotherapists' experiences of participation in BGT as a means of learning and understanding the physiotherapist-patient relationship.MethodSemi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with three physiotherapists working in private practice, all participating in BGT. The intervews were transcribed and subjected to a qualitative analysis.ResultsThe results are presented in a sequential model, featuring eight themes in which the physiotherapists' experiences of the training process are portrayed.ConclusionsThe results suggest that BGT and sharing the experiences of others may be considered a way of enhancing understanding of the patient encounter in clinical practice, possibly to the benefit of physiotherapists and their patients

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2000. Vol. 5, no 2, 85-96 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-23120DOI: 10.1002/pri.188Local ID: 2517OAI: diva2:243434
This is the author’s version of the following article: Madeleine Abrandt Dahlgren, Andreas Almquist and Johan Krook, Physiotherapists in Balint Group Training., 2000, Physiotherapy Research International, (5), 2, 85-96. which has been published in final form at: Copyright: John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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