In Brief  |   January 2010
Facilitating Evidence-Based Practice: Process, Strategies, and Resources
Author Affiliations
  • Susan H. Lin, ScD, OTR/L, is Director of Research, American Occupational Therapy Association, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814; slin@aota.org
  • Susan L. Murphy, ScD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, and Research Health Science Specialist, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health Care System, 300 North Ingalls, 9th Floor, Ann Arbor, MI 48109–2007; sumurphy@umich.edu
  • Jennifer C. Robinson, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216; jcrobinson@son.umsmed.edu
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues / The Issue Is …
In Brief   |   January 2010
Facilitating Evidence-Based Practice: Process, Strategies, and Resources
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2010, Vol. 64, 164-171. doi:10.5014/ajot.64.1.164
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2010, Vol. 64, 164-171. doi:10.5014/ajot.64.1.164
Abstract

Occupational therapy practitioners may encounter challenges when they try to incorporate evidence into practice. To embrace evidence-based practice (EBP), clinicians must have readily available, relevant, and concisely summarized evidence. Although researchers have described the importance and process of EBP, less has been written about how to efficiently integrate evidence into practice. Clinicians may benefit from examples of reasoning, strategies, and resources to successfully integrate evidence. This article reviews the steps of EBP and offers recommendations to overcome common barriers. For EBP to become integrated into practice, greater communication and collaboration among all stakeholders must occur. EBP and knowledge translation require multiple processes and coordinated efforts. Therefore, everyone from practitioners to employers has a role in increasing EBP and transferring knowledge for practice. To encourage discussion and actions, the article provides implications and recommendations for practitioners, researchers, educators, organizations, and policymakers.