Self-reported Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour towards Evidence-based Practice of Occupational Therapy Students in Ireland

Stronge, M. and Cahill, M. (2012) Self-reported Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviour towards Evidence-based Practice of Occupational Therapy Students in Ireland. Occupational Therapy International, 19 (1). pp. 7-16. ISSN 09667903

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It is widely accepted that the occupational therapy profession needs to incorporate research findings into clinical practice so as to improve client outcomes. The purpose of this study was to investigate the knowledge and attitudes toward evidence-based practice (EBP) of occupational therapy students in the Republic of Ireland. A validated questionnaire was used to survey the population of final-year students from the four universities in Ireland in 2008. There was a response rate of 77% ( n = 86) to the Knowledge, Attitude and Behaviour Questionnaire. All students reported that they had a clear understanding of EBP and were willing to practice EBP in the future. The majority (85%, n = 73) reported accessing evidence weekly or more often. Lack of time and fieldwork educators not practising EBP were important barriers for 31% ( n = 27) and 27% ( n = 23), respectively. Over half (55%, n = 47) reported difficulty in finding evidence. The internet (28%, n = 24) and textbooks (27%, n = 23) were the most popular sources of evidence. Limitations include the self-report, cross-sectional design. Future research could include longitudinal studies to understand the transfer of learning into clinical practice. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Occupational Therapy International is the property of John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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Additional Information: Stronge, M 1 Cahill, M 2; Affiliation: 1: oti328-aff-0001 2: oti328-aff-0002; Source Info: 2012, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p7; Subject Term: CHI-squared test; Subject Term: HEALTH occupations students; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Methodology; Subject Term: OCCUPATIONAL therapists; Subject Term: OCCUPATIONAL therapy services; Subject Term: PROBABILITY theory; Subject Term: QUESTIONNAIRES; Subject Term: SCALE analysis (Psychology); Subject Term: SELF-evaluation; Subject Term: STATISTICS; Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Attitudes; Subject Term: SURVEYS; Subject Term: T-test (Statistics); Subject Term: EVIDENCE-based medicine; Subject Term: DATA analysis; Subject Term: CROSS-sectional method; Subject Term: HEALTH literacy; Subject Term: DATA analysis -- Software; Subject Term: DESCRIPTIVE statistics; Subject Term: IRELAND; NAICS/Industry Codes: 621340 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists; Number of Pages: 10p; Illustrations: 4 Charts; Document Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CHI-squared test; HEALTH occupations students; RESEARCH -- Methodology; OCCUPATIONAL therapists; OCCUPATIONAL therapy services; PROBABILITY theory; QUESTIONNAIRES; SCALE analysis (Psychology); SELF-evaluation; STATISTICS; STUDENTS -- Attitudes; SURVEYS; T-test (Statistics); EVIDENCE-based medicine; DATA analysis; CROSS-sectional method; HEALTH literacy; DATA analysis -- Software; DESCRIPTIVE statistics; IRELAND
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Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2015 16:27
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