Last week, OTalk went On Tour to the College of Occupational Therapists conference in Brighton (#COT2014). One of our presentations was about this journal club. We were keen to have an experiential component, but realised that, with only 18 minutes to play with, we didn’t have enough time for newcomers to sign up to twitter and engage in a tweetchat. So we put our problem solving hats on, and decided to go back to basics: pen and paper.
We chose an article that people may have read recently (due to the time constraints of the slot, we knew that people wouldn’t have time to read the article prior to ‘OTalking’) and displayed the abstract on the screen. We had seven questions floating around the room on sheets of paper, and one rule: no ‘out loud’ talking!
We thought it might be interesting to repeat this simulated #OTalk journal club during our July journal club slot. So, we will be discussing:
Upton, D., Stephens, D., Williams, B. and Scurlock-Evans, L. (2014) ‘Occupational Therapists’ Attitudes, Knowledge and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice: a Systematic Review of Published Research’, British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(1), pp. 24-38
You might be interested in seeing what some of the paper-discussions looked like. Hopefully, it might spark some questions or comments from you, and we can develop the discussion further in July.
- Question 1: Findings: OTs less likely than other disciplines to report changes to practice from research evidence. Why might this be?
- Question 2: In several studies, OTs raised concerns re relevance/applicability of research. What might influence this research-practice gap? Page 2
- Question 3: Consistent finding: OTs reporting low EBP knowledge/skills/confidence. How can you develop yours?
- Question 4: Salls &al (2009) 12% of OTs reported frequent utilisation of EBP. Are you surprised? Why might number be so low?
- Question 5: Barriers: workload/time/resource pressures, lack of training/skills/support, quality of research, motivation. What do you think?
- Question 6: Implications: identify ways of making EBP personally relevant to practitioners. Ideas of how to do this?
- Question 7: Study used narrative vs systematic lit review due to . Risk of confirmation bias. Does this influence your view of the paper?
- Additional discussion
As usual, the journal club will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm (BST).
Please note that the article chosen is not open source. Please be aware of copyright law.