Occupational Therapists’ Perception on Evidence-Based Practice (poster 17)
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ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to specify and quantify occupational therapists’ perceptions surrounding evidence-based practice (EBP). Researchers utilized the Revised Evidence-Based Practice Process Assessment Scale developed by Allen Rubin and Danielle E. Parrish. The survey was prefaced with demographic questions and distributed to occupational therapists practicing at a large health system in the Midwest. Therapists reported familiarity with the EBP process and an overall positive attitude toward EBP. In addition, therapists reported current engagement in the EBP process and positive intentions to engage in EBP in the future. However, respondents reported feeling that it is not feasible to engage in the EBP process. Barriers to engaging in EBP included barriers of time, access, and the constraints of the responder's practice setting. Implications of this study resulted in recommendations for clinical practice and educational programs.