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Research Article  |   March 2006
Enhancing Research Utilization Capacity Through Multifaceted Professional Development
Author Affiliations
  • Janet Craik, MSc, OT(C), is Project Manager, Enabling Occupation 2007, an initiative of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Peer Review Coordinator for OTJR, Occupation, Participation & Health, Thorofare, New Jersey. Correspondence: 46 Ridgewell Place, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 9R3, Canada; j.craik@dal.ca
  • Susan Rappolt, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Article Information
Stroke / Enhancing Research Capacity
Research Article   |   March 2006
Enhancing Research Utilization Capacity Through Multifaceted Professional Development
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2006, Vol. 60, 155-164. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.2.155
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2006, Vol. 60, 155-164. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.2.155
Abstract

Some occupational therapists report that they do not feel adequately prepared to perform the arduous tasks involved in integrating research into their practice. To explore how research utilization can be conducted by practicing clinicians, self-reported research utilization behaviors of a sample of 11 occupational therapists practicing in adult stroke rehabilitation were analyzed. The constant comparison of the interview data revealed that participants’ clinical experiences, engagement in continuing education, involvement in research activities, and their mentoring of students contributed to their capacity to translate research evidence into practice. The results of the study suggest a model for enhancing research utilization capacity through professional development. Implications for practitioners, provider organizations, educators, and regulators of occupational therapy are discussed.