Lenin C. Grajo, Patricia Laverdure, Lindy L. Weaver, Karrie Kingsley; Becoming Critical Consumers of Evidence in Occupational Therapy for Children and Youth. Am J Occup Ther 2020;74(2):7402170020. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.742001
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This special issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy on interventions for children and youth highlights the current developments in and evidence for the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions and psychometric properties of assessments for children and youth. In this guest editorial, we identify various factors that challenge the implementation of evidence-based strategies in daily clinical practice. We assert that scholars, educators, and practitioners need to address several strategic steps. To facilitate critical consumption of evidence in practice, efforts need to be made to build capacity for evidence production and evidence use through implementation science and to ensure that evidence-based practice is not only taught but also reflectively applied across the educational curriculum and that clinicians are given more access to resources that are easy to translate to daily clinical practice.
Collaborate with researchers who specialize in IS, which has been shown to reduce the uptake of research into practice to as little as 3 yr (Balas & Boren, 2000; Fixsen et al., 2001; Juckett et al., 2019).
Collaborate with practitioners to understand the opportunities for and challenges in integrating EBP into routine care.
Design studies that measure outcomes to better understand, from the outset, how the research can be applied more efficiently in practice.
Describe implementation strategies in publications using a consistent reporting structure, so it is clear what was done to examine implementation and how it may relate to the consumer’s setting and practice.
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