Research Article  |   May 2014
Feasibility and Effect of a Professional Education Workshop for Occupational Therapists’ Management of Upper-Limb Poststroke Sensory Impairment
Author Affiliations
  • Susan D. Doyle, MS, OTR/L, CFE, is PhD Student, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program, University of Puget Sound, 1500 North Warner Street, No. 1070, Tacoma, WA 98416-1070; sdoyle@pugetsound.edu
  • Sally Bennett, BOccThy (Hons), PhD, is Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Hand and Upper Extremity / Education of OTs and OTAs / Neurologic Conditions / Stroke / Professional Issues
Research Article   |   May 2014
Feasibility and Effect of a Professional Education Workshop for Occupational Therapists’ Management of Upper-Limb Poststroke Sensory Impairment
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2014, Vol. 68, e74-e83. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.009019
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2014, Vol. 68, e74-e83. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.009019
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. We examined the development, implementation, and effectiveness of a theory-based workshop to facilitate knowledge translation for occupational therapists addressing upper-limb poststroke sensory impairments.

METHOD. Nineteen therapists participated in a quasi-experimental pretest–posttest study that included an 8-hr evidence-based workshop designed using the Theory of Planned Behavior. We measured changes in knowledge, attitudes, and perceived behavioral control and intended behaviors regarding sensory impairment management, research utilization, and shared decision making.

RESULTS. We noted significant changes in knowledge, attitudes, and perceived behavioral control and intended behaviors about sensory impairment management, research utilization, and shared decision making and made recommendations for changes in recruitment strategies, outcome measures, and workshop content.

CONCLUSION. A theory-based workshop can potentially affect knowledge, attitudes, and intended behaviors about sensory impairment management, research utilization, and shared decision making. A randomized controlled trial evaluating this intervention is warranted and will potentially improve understanding of methods to facilitate knowledge translation.