The following is a response to Professor Mike Oliver’s post of 5th June, 2015, with introduction by Dave Nicholls, “The Social model of Disability and Physiotherapy: Reflections from Mike Oliver.” I was delighted to see some work from another non-physiotherapist on this site. While I am always excited to read posts by people who would change physical therapy from within, I think this must also take place in consultation with those across the floor, so to speak. I’d been getting lonely. I was especially interested to see someone as prominent as Dr. Oliver participate in the dialogue. If there is a unifying approach to disability in the field of disability studies, particularly (but not … [Read more...] about Notes on the Social Model of Disability and Critical Physiotherapy – by Thomas Abrams
A new paper now available online from CPN members Ralph Hammond, Vinette Cross and Ann Moore Published Online: April 23, 2015 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2015.04.002 Abstract The UK Frances Report and increasing societal expectations of healthcare have challenged physiotherapists to reconsider professionalism. Physiotherapy has viewed identity as a fixed entity emphasising coherence, continuity and distinctiveness. Socialisation has required the acquisition of a professional identity as one necessary ‘asset’ for novices. Yet how do physiotherapists come to be the physiotherapists they are? Design Qualitative study using Collective Memory Work. Eight physiotherapists in … [Read more...] about The construction of professional identity by physiotherapists: a qualitative study
Many of you will know of the Social Model of Disability, and some will have followed the work of its founder Mike Oliver. We approached Mike to write a post for criticalphysio blog a few weeks ago. This is Mike's response to the challenge of the social model of physiotherapy for future practice. It's more than thirty years this year since I published a book introducing the social model of disability onto an unsuspecting world (Oliver 1983). The idea behind it stemmed from the Fundamental Principles of Disability document first published in the mid-1970s (UPIAS 1976) which argued that we were not disabled by our impairments by the disabling barriers we faced in society. A couple of years … [Read more...] about The social model of disability and physiotherapy: Some personal reflections from Mike Oliver
A few interesting new research studies have come out this week that I thought might be of interest. Each of these has some interesting connections with critical physiotherapy. Click on the links in the title of each article for more information. Characteristics of lifelong physically active older adults Sheryl L. Chatfield Abstract Most adults in developed countries fail to accrue enough regular physical activity to prevent or decrease the impact of chronic diseases associated with aging. I conducted semistructured interviews with 16 purposely selected older adults ranging in age from 53 to 70 years to explore the practices of successful lifelong adherents to physical activity. I … [Read more...] about Research update: Lifelong activity, chronic pain, therapatients, children’s embodiment, prostheses and body image
Many years ago I read a book chapter that would have a profound effect on how I thought about my practice as a health professional, and dramatically shape the future direction for my research and the way I thought about the world generally. That chapter was titled Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms and it was written by Anne Oakley. Oakley has just published a follow up paper titled Interviewing Women Again: Power, Time and the Gift, and reading it reminded me why it had such a profound impact on me 20 years ago. In the early 1990s I was working at The Children's Hospital in Birmingham (UK) and studying a masters degree in research methodology. The degree was life-changing. … [Read more...] about Interviewing women: A contradiction in terms
Sanitary Systems Dumoulin, the physician, observed at his death that "he left behind him two great physicians, regimen and river water." Villars, the French quack, who, before the middle of the last century, made a fortune by an almost justifiable fraud, kept thousands of patients in good health by administering to them nitre dissolved in Seine water (sold at five francs a bottle), eat moderately, drink temperately, take plenty of bodily exercise, go to and rise from bed early, and avoid mental anxiety. And in the same way the English quack, Graham, whilst he presided over the "Temple of Health," prohibited to his patients the use of the "deadly poisons and weakeners of both body and soul, … [Read more...] about Staying healthy in the 18th century
Survivor, a short poem by Roger McGough: Everyday, I think about dying. About disease, starvation, violence, terrorism, war, the end of the world. It helps keep my mind off things. That poem always makes me smile. I used to have it on my office wall for the times when I thought I was taking myself too seriously. I was reminded of it after last week's rather heavy blogposts about physiotherapy and sex. So I thought I'd post about something a bit more lighthearted today. In the spirit of Roger McGough then, this post is about video violence, simulated injury and death. … [Read more...] about Why are there no physiotherapists practicing inside video games?