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Aust Occup Ther J. 2008 Jun;55(2):79-84. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2007.00669.x.

Evidence-based practice in everyday clinical practice: strategies for change in a tertiary occupational therapy department.

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Occupational Therapy Department, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. elizabeth_caldwell@health.qld.gov.au

Abstract

Evidence-based practice is an approach that has gained recognition for facilitating the transfer of evidence into quality clinical practice. While occupational therapy clinicians have a professional responsibility to ensure that their practice is effective, managers also have a responsibility to implement structures and systems that will support therapists in doing so. A review of the literature demonstrated limited evidence of specific organisational models of practice to facilitate the transfer of knowledge into occupational therapy practice. This paper outlines the steps undertaken by occupational therapists in a large tertiary teaching hospital to develop and implement a model of research utilisation. The resulting Research and Evidence in Practice model and the enabling strategies for its implementation are presented. A challenge for the future is to conduct a formal evaluation of the model.

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