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Research Article  |   January 2007
The Acquisition and Integration of Evidence-Based Practice Concepts by Occupational Therapy Students
Author Affiliations
  • Jan E. Stube, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, PO Box 7126, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7126; jstube@medicine.nodak.edu
  • Janet S. Jedlicka, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Education of OTs and OTAs / Original Articles
Research Article   |   January 2007
The Acquisition and Integration of Evidence-Based Practice Concepts by Occupational Therapy Students
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2007, Vol. 61, 53-61. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.1.53
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2007, Vol. 61, 53-61. doi:10.5014/ajot.61.1.53
Abstract

This article describes the ways in which master's of occupational therapy students across one professional curriculum expressed their learning of evidence-based practice (EBP). Through qualitative case methodology and focus group interviews, the student participants’ perceptions of EBP were examined across varying levels of academic and clinical experiences. The present findings support the relevance of clinically based activity, particularly fieldwork experiences, along with discussion-based learning for developing a discerning viewpoint of EBP. The outcomes of this exploratory study yield an initial view of EBP through the eyes of students approaching novice practitioner status. This preliminary study provides awareness for occupational therapy education and research to further the development of EBP within occupational therapy practice.