What Factors Enable Therapists To Engage In The Occupation Of Evidence-Informed Occupational Therapy Practice
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Engaging in evidence informed practice is an important competency for occupational therapy practice in Canada. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand how occupational therapists are currently using evidence in practice. Ten occupational therapists working in a tertiary care hospital participated in semi-structured qualitative interviews that informed the findings of this study. The Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement was used as a framework to understand and discuss how these therapists used evidence to inform their practice. All participants actively engaged in the occupation of evidence informed occupational therapy practice. They interacted with evidence by adapting it and translating it to effect change in practice and support their clients. They also shared their experiences with colleagues in order to support engagement with evidence among members of their practice community. The practice environment influenced how participants implemented evidence and provided opportunities to develop ongoing encouragement and support.