Has occupational science taken away the occupational therapy evidence base? A debate

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Abstract:

Health policy requires occupational therapy to demonstrate evidence-based clinical outcomes and efficiency in order to survive. This has significant implications for occupational therapy researchers and managers and suggests a re-evaluation of the profession's priorities for research. This opinion piece aims to stimulate debate regarding the impact of occupational science on occupational therapy and the need for research that evaluates the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions. This is achieved by reflecting on a personal experience of evaluating research evidence for clinical guidelines and by exploring current and future challenges.

Keywords: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE; OCCUPATIONAL SCIENCE; OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802211X13182481842065

Publication date: October 1, 2011

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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