The process of evidence-based practice in occupational therapy: Informing clinical decisions

Authors


  • Sally Bennett BOccThy(Hons); Sessional Lecturer and PhD Scholar, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland. John Bennett BMedSc, MBBS, BA(Hons), FRACGP; Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Queensland.

Correspondence: SallyBennett Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Queensland 4072, Australia. Email: sbennett@uq.net.au

Abstract

As we move into the 21st century, there are increasing demands placed on occupational therapists to ensure their practice is based on sound evidence. Evidence-based practice is an approach to clinical decision making that has gained considerable interest and influence during the last decade. This article describes and explains the process of evidence-based practice and its application to clinical occupational therapy practice. Directions for resources that may assist therapists’ self-directed learning are also provided. As health care becomes more evidence-based, awareness of the principles, skills, and resources for evidence-based practice is of relevance to all occupational therapists.

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