A review of occupational therapy research and development activity in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

White, Elizabeth, Hampson, Helen, Gardiner, Leanne, Motion, Neil and Broomhall, Katherine (2013) A review of occupational therapy research and development activity in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76 (1). ISSN 0308-0226

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Abstract

Introduction: A review was undertaken of the College of Occupational Therapists’
2002 scoping study of occupational therapy research and development activity
in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in order to assess the developments in
infrastructure supporting occupational therapy research, to highlight opportunities
available to occupational therapists and to identify how the College could best
support members’ research activities.
Method:Within each nation, a literature review and focus group were
undertaken. A feature of the research was the opportunity for a student occupational
therapist from each country to be involved as co-researcher.
Findings: The findings revealed a considerable investment and increase in
research capacity developments in all three countries, recognising the need to
develop the evidence base to underpin occupational therapy interventions. Barriers
to progressing research activity included time and research topic prioritisation,
and workplace cultures that did not promote research-related activities. The
College of Occupational Therapists was considered to have a key role in influencing
policy directions and the launch of the United Kingdom Occupational Therapy
Research Foundation was viewed as an opportunity to support occupation-focused
research and capacity development.
Conclusion: Significant progress reflects the investment in research infrastructure,
although further effort is needed to change cultural impacts.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Professional Services > Research & Enterprise
Depositing User: Helen Hampson
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2018 10:55
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2018 10:55
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/74415

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