“Hidden rules”: A Duo-ethnographical Approach to Explore the Impact of Culture on Clinical Practice.

“Hidden rules”: A Duo-ethnographical Approach to Explore the Impact of Culture on Clinical Practice.

Abstract

For clinicians in Australia “culture” is a broad topic. But what does culture mean from our individual perspectives, and how does our individual cultural background influence our clinical practice? These questions were raised between two Australian trained music therapy clinicians during clinical discussions. The primary author is an Australian senior clinician, and the second author is a Chinese clinician who works with the primary author in a sub-acute hospital setting.  With the growth of qualitative research methods in music therapy, there are increasing opportunities to systematically explore topics such as culture in clinical practice. Duo-ethnography draws on processes from ethnography and narrative research to promote the understanding of a shared phenomenon. Using a duo-ethnographical approach, the authors of this article explore and reflect on their experiences of culture in clinical practice. The resulting narrative of their exploration of this topic is presented as a conversation to reflect the process undertaken, and aims to inform the dialogue about culture in clinical practice. Limitations of this approach and how this discussion can inform music therapy clinicians and other allied health professions are discussed.

 

Keywords: Duo-ethnography, culture, clinical practice, music therapy

 


Citation

Thomas, A. & Sham, F.  (2014). “Hidden rules”: A Duo-ethnographical Approach to Explore the Impact of Culture on Clinical Practice.  Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 25, 81-91.


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Date published: July 2014