Heidi Cramm, Catherine White, Terry Krupa; From Periphery to Player: Strategically Positioning Occupational Therapy Within the Knowledge Translation Landscape. Am J Occup Ther 2013;67(1):119–125. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2013.005678
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Knowledge translation has emerged as a critical force across health research, funding, policy, and practice. Occupational therapy finds itself on the periphery of this emerging field, but opportunities specific to occupational therapy systems can facilitate a shift in which the profession develops its role as a key player. As occupational therapy increasingly recognizes the essential role of knowledge translation in health care, strategic action to create knowledge translator roles, technology, resources, opportunities, and communities of practice will be needed to align occupational therapy academic and health care systems with knowledge translation imperatives that increasingly shape the health care landscape.
A career as a clinician scientist requires in-depth training in both clinical and scientific disciplines, leading to the development of a sustainable and productive program of research. Clinician scientists must also be prepared to meet ethical, interpersonal, and managerial challenges and to cogently communicate ideas in an oral and written form that captivates scientist, clinicians, and the lay public. (Bortolussi, 2009, p. 2)
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