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Appreciative Inquiry in Psychiatry Peer Groups

  • Lillian NgEmail author
  • Chris Bampton
  • Staverton Kautoke
  • Gary Cheung
In Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

The purpose of the study was to explore the feasibility of using appreciative inquiry in a peer group of psychiatry residents.

Methods

A peer coaching exercise using appreciative inquiry was modeled to a group of psychiatry residents who practised the approach. The topics discussed in separate sessions 1 month apart were values and identity as a psychiatrist, dealing with conflict and working within the psychiatric system. Following each session, the residents participated in focus group interviews. Transcripts were thematically analyzed and independently coded.

Results

Four themes were identified: (i) connectedness, (ii) a structure for dialogue, (iii) reflection, and (iv) generative conversations.

Conclusion

Appreciative inquiry is a feasible method to facilitate focused and meaningful encounters and develop connection between members of a peer group.

Keywords

Appreciative inquiry Psychiatry Peer group 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Felicity Plunkett and Ms. Rosalynn Williams for their support and assistance.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Yes, approved by a national ethics board.

Ethical Approval

Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee

Disclosures

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Auckland District Health BoardAucklandNew Zealand

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