Turning evidence into practice: Barriers to research use among occupational therapists
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 0308-0226, E-ISSN 1477-6006, Vol. 78, no 3, 175-181 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Introduction: Research has demonstrated that occupational therapists generally have a positive attitude regarding the use of evidence in their daily practice and decision-making. In addition, occupational therapists are expected to implement evidencebased practice, which is often understood as equivalent to research. However, evidence-based practice might be difficult to reconcile with occupational therapy from a client-centred focus. This study examines what occupational therapists perceive as barriers to research use and discusses the challenge of clinical implementation.
Method: This study uses a descriptive cross-sectional design. The Barriers to Research Utilization Scale questionnaire was mailed to 807 randomly selected Swedish occupational therapists. The response rate was 59%.
Findings: The occupational therapists identified three main barriers to the use of research: insufficient facilities (82%); lack of time to read research (77%); difficulty understanding statistical analyses (75%). Degree of education was shown to affect results; occupational therapists with higher education levels indicated a higher use of research.
Conclusion: Implementing research in clinical practice is a challenge. Occupational therapists are interested but they lack the optimal prerequisites and time.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 78, no 3, 175-181 p.
clinical practice, support, survey
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-115885DOI: 10.1177/0308022615569511ISI: 000353581700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-115885DiVA: diva2:797113