In Brief  |   January 2013
From Periphery to Player: Strategically Positioning Occupational Therapy Within the Knowledge Translation Landscape
Author Affiliations
  • Heidi Cramm, PhD, MSc (OT–Post-Professional), MA, OT Reg. (Ont.), is Postdoctoral Fellow, Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Catherine White, MSc (OT–Post-Professional), MEd, OT (Reg.) NB, is Doctoral Candidate, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Louise D. Acton Building, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada; catherine.white@queensu.ca
  • Terry Krupa, PhD, MEd, OT Reg. (Ont.), is Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Health and Wellness / Departments
In Brief   |   January 2013
From Periphery to Player: Strategically Positioning Occupational Therapy Within the Knowledge Translation Landscape
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2013, Vol. 67, 119-125. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.005678
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2013, Vol. 67, 119-125. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.005678
Abstract

Knowledge translation has emerged as a critical force across health research, funding, policy, and practice. Occupational therapy finds itself on the periphery of this emerging field, but opportunities specific to occupational therapy systems can facilitate a shift in which the profession develops its role as a key player. As occupational therapy increasingly recognizes the essential role of knowledge translation in health care, strategic action to create knowledge translator roles, technology, resources, opportunities, and communities of practice will be needed to align occupational therapy academic and health care systems with knowledge translation imperatives that increasingly shape the health care landscape.