The final #OTalk of 2015 will be hosted by @ais_d and supported by @Dai2584
As I approach the start of my MSc dissertation I thought it would be interesting to explore the engagement of OTs in research – as consumers, participants and leaders (Eakin et al, 1997). My driver to engage in research has come from my clinical practice – wanting to know how and why and in finding no answer, to decide to do it myself (along with some considerable support from my colleagues and the university!). As part of my research I have been examining studies of clinical practice in Occupational Therapy and have been surprised by the small numbers of participant OTs in the studies, however; a recent study by Pitout (2014) identified a number of barriers for involvement of OTs in research. These included;
Challenges to research in Occupational Therapy – clinical application, quantity and quality of research available
Research education and motivation – level of skills required, positive experience of research, access to a culture of research
Research processes – ability to identify appropriate topics, recruitment of participants, managing research time with clinical caseload, accessing funding and support
Research output – presenting, publishing and disseminating research.
In order to untangle some of the barriers and to identify some strategies to support engagement in research I will be asking the following questions.
Q.1 What are the challenges you experience in utilising research in practice?
Q.2 What positive experiences of research do you have?
Q.3 What are the barriers to getting involved in research?
Q.6 What type of research are you most likely to participate in? i.e. patient based projects, audits, online questionnaires etc.
Q.5 How can we engage “hard to reach” OTs in research i.e. those less engaged in CPD?
Q.4 How can you create a culture of research in your practice?
Q.7 What barriers are do you face in disseminating your research?
Q.8 How can we get more OTs involved in research – as consumers, participants and leaders?
Eakin, P., Ballinger, C., Nicol, M., Alsop, A. and Illot, I. (1997) College of Occupational Therapists: research and development strategy. British Journal Of Occupational Therapy. 60(11), p.484-486.
Pitout, H. (2014) Barriers and strategies to increase research involvement of South African Occupational Therapists. South Africian Jounral of Occupational Therapy. 44(2).