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Title: The use of evidence based practice by occupational therapists who treat adult stroke patients
Authors: Sweetland, J
Craik, C
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Citation: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 64 (5) 256- 260
Abstract: The study identified the extent to which members of the National Association of Neurological Occupational Therapists (NANOT) who treated adult stroke patients used evidence-based practice (EBP). A random sample of NANOT members (n = 200) was surveyed by a postal questionnaire on the use of EBP and the results were analysed for the 125 therapists who worked with adult stroke patients. The principal factor that `greatly’ influenced the choice of intervention of three-quarters of the respondents was working with other therapists, followed by attendance at postgraduate courses; gaining postgraduate qualifications had the least influence. Although over 90% of the respondents considered that they used EBP at some time, the most frequently reported levels of evidence used were custom and practice and expert opinion, which were at the lower end of the hierarchy. Therefore, although the respondents who treated adult stroke patients did use EBP, they did not use the higher levels recommended. The respondents who used the higher levels of evidence were those who were most recently qualified. The factors influencing the use of EBP were the relevance of research to practice, time, lack of therapists’ knowledge and lack of support.
ISSN: 0308-0226
Appears in Collections:Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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