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Research Article  |   April 1990
Research Attitudes and Activities of Occupational Therapy Clinicians
Author Affiliations
  • Eve Taylor, PhD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Division, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Mailing address: CB# 7120, Medical School, Wing E, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599–7120)
  • Marlys Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, Occupational Therapy Division, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Research Article   |   April 1990
Research Attitudes and Activities of Occupational Therapy Clinicians
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1990, Vol. 44, 350-355. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.4.350
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1990, Vol. 44, 350-355. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.4.350
Abstract

Two hundred and seventy occupational therapy clinicians, whose primary or secondary employment function was in direct patient service, were surveyed to determine their perceived roles and attitudes regarding research. Results showed a strong belief in the importance of research in the profession, yet minimal involvement in research due to limited time, money, and skill. The role of collaborator with experienced researchers was rated as highly desirable. Few clinicians indicated no interest in research. Implications of the results and suggestions for strategies to increase clinicians’ involvement and satisfaction in research through mutual experiences and continuing education are given.