Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative study

DI BONA, Laura, WENBORN, Jennifer, FIELD, Becky, HYNES, Sinéad M, LEDGERD, Ritchard, MOUNTAIN, Gail and SWINSON, Tom (2017). Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80 (11), 642-650.

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Introduction: To develop occupational therapy’s evidence base and improve its clinical outcomes, occupational therapists must increase their research involvement. Barriers to research consumption and leadership are well documented, but those relating to delivering research interventions, less so. Yet, interventions need to be researched within practice to demonstrate their clinical effectiveness. This study aims to improve understanding of challenges and enablers experienced by occupational therapists who deliver interventions within research programmes. Method: Twenty-eight occupational therapists who participated in the Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) research programme reported their experiences in five focus groups. Data were analysed thematically to identify key and subthemes. Results: Occupational therapists reported that overwhelming paperwork, use of videos, recruitment and introducing a new intervention challenged their research involvement, whereas support, protected time and a positive attitude enabled it. The impact of these challenges and enablers varied between therapists and organisations. Conclusion: Challenges and enablers to research involvement can be identified but must be addressed within individual and organisational contexts. Multifaceted collective action to minimise challenges and maximise enablers can facilitate clinicians’ involvement in research. Using this approach should enable occupational therapists to increase their research involvement, thus demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of their interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1103 Clinical Sciences; Rehabilitation; 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022617719218
Page Range: 642-650
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2024 14:31
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2024 14:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33348

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