#OTalk Research – 3rd November 2020 – Uncovering ‘hidden’ research

This months research chat will be hosted by Dr Kim Stuart @KimStuartOT and Teresa Cook @tcookot and supported by Dr Jenny Preston MBE @preston_jenny on the @OTalk_ account.

Generation and creation of new knowledge is key to informing current and future clinical practice, ensuring that we achieve the best possible outcomes for our communities. Evidence is generated in many ways and the opportunities for sharing, disseminating and changing practice can be complex and challenging.

Despite an increase in the number of occupational therapy publications over the years there is recognition that publication within peer reviewed journals can be onerous and daunting and for many of us starting out in research can feel almost impossible to achieve.

Dissemination of evidence however is not solely dependent on publication in peer reviewed journals and increasingly we are seeing a range of creative methods for dissemination which is exciting and extremely helpful in informing practice.

However there is still a concern that some nuggets of evidence remain ‘hidden’ away from view. We know that there are a variety of reasons for this which have been extensively discussed in previous chats.

This week we are keen to uncover some of the hidden evidence. Could you be sitting on the next game changer for occupational therapy, or hold the key to unlocking the solution for an area of practice? This #OTalk is for you if you have evidence to share or if you want to hear more about the knowledge that others are generating.

Why don’t you join us to discuss evidence that has not yet seen the light of day by sharing your work within a safe and encouraging environment? This might lead to future collaborations for those with similar research interests. Who knows what we might learn on the night?

We are also keen to hear your thoughts on how we can continue to uncover hidden evidence beyond the chat by cultivating a culture which allows us to effectively disseminate new and emerging evidence.

In preparation for this #OTalk we would like you to consider the following questions:

  1. Do you have an example of ‘hidden’ evidence that you would be willing to share?
  2. Where is this evidence and why is it hidden?
  3. What kind(s) of evidence is ‘hidden’?
  4. What support or resources might help uncover some of this evidence?

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