Two hundred and seventy occupational therapy clinicians, whose primary or secondary employment function was in direct patient service, were surveyed to determine their perceived roles and attitudes regarding research. Results showed a strong belief in the importance of research in the profession, yet minimal involvement in research due to limited time, money, and skill. The role of collaborator with experienced researchers was rated as highly desirable. Few clinicians indicated no interest in research. Implications of the results and suggestions for strategies to increase clinicians’ involvement and satisfaction in research through mutual experiences and continuing education are given.
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