Abstract

Some occupational therapists report that they do not feel adequately prepared to perform the arduous tasks involved in integrating research into their practice. To explore how research utilization can be conducted by practicing clinicians, self-reported research utilization behaviors of a sample of 11 occupational therapists practicing in adult stroke rehabilitation were analyzed. The constant comparison of the interview data revealed that participants’ clinical experiences, engagement in continuing education, involvement in research activities, and their mentoring of students contributed to their capacity to translate research evidence into practice. The results of the study suggest a model for enhancing research utilization capacity through professional development. Implications for practitioners, provider organizations, educators, and regulators of occupational therapy are discussed.

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