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Holism in Osteopathy – Bridging the gap between concept and practice: A grounded theory study

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    1 47 Silverton Drive, Ferntree Gully, Victoria 3156, Australia. Tel.: +61 3 87367077.
    Paul W.D. Turner
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    1 47 Silverton Drive, Ferntree Gully, Victoria 3156, Australia. Tel.: +61 3 87367077.
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    RMIT University, Australia
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    2 Private Bag Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand. Tel.: +61 3 9925 7179.
    Eleanor Holroyd
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    2 Private Bag Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand. Tel.: +61 3 9925 7179.
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    Auckland University Institute of Technology, North Shore Campus, New Zealand

    Centre for Women's Health, Gender & Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
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    1 47 Silverton Drive, Ferntree Gully, Victoria 3156, Australia. Tel.: +61 3 87367077.
    2 Private Bag Wellesley St, Auckland, New Zealand. Tel.: +61 3 9925 7179.

      Abstract

      Background and objectives

      This study aimed to explore the meaning of holism to Osteopathic professionals and thus develop a theory to inform the gap between holism as a concept and its implementation in clinical practice.

      Methods

      Osteopathic practitioners were purposively selected resulting in eight participants from eight clinics in different demographic regions of Melbourne, Australia. In depth interviews were conducted and data was analysed using grounded theory methodology.

      Results

      Results demonstrate that an understanding of holism in osteopathic health care (in education and clinical practice) required an “awareness of relationships”. The emerging theory relates concept and educational framework (i.e. both biomedical and holistic philosophical approaches), with the practice of holism and describes what holism means within the context of an individual treatment.

      Conclusion

      Implications are for osteopathic education to provide a balanced emphasis between holistic and biomedical frameworks and theoretical insight into understanding patients presenting with chronic health issues.

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