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dc.contributor.authorDi Bona, Laura
dc.contributor.authorWenborn, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorField, Becky
dc.contributor.authorHynes, Sinéad M.
dc.contributor.authorLedgerd, Ritchard
dc.contributor.authorMountain, Gail
dc.contributor.authorSwinson, Tom
dc.identifier.citationDi Bona, Laura, Wenborn, Jennifer, Field, Becky, Hynes, Sinéad M, Ledgerd, Ritchard, Mountain, Gail, & Swinson, Tom. (2017). Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative study. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(11), 642-650. doi: 10.1177/0308022617719218en_IE
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: To develop occupational therapy s evidence base and improve its clinical outcomes, occupational therapists must increase their research involvement. Barriers to research consumption and leadership are well documented, but those relating to delivering research interventions, less so. Yet, interventions need to be researched within practice to demonstrate their clinical effectiveness. This study aims to improve understanding of challenges and enablers experienced by occupational therapists who deliver interventions within research programmes. Method: Twenty-eight occupational therapists who participated in the Valuing Active Life in Dementia (VALID) research programme reported their experiences in five focus groups. Data were analysed thematically to identify key and subthemes. Results: Occupational therapists reported that overwhelming paperwork, use of videos, recruitment and introducing a new intervention challenged their research involvement, whereas support, protected time and a positive attitude enabled it. The impact of these challenges and enablers varied between therapists and organisations. Conclusion: Challenges and enablers to research involvement can be identified but must be addressed within individual and organisational contexts. Multifaceted collective action to minimise challenges and maximise enablers can facilitate clinicians involvement in research. Using this approach should enable occupational therapists to increase their research involvement, thus demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of their interventions.en_IE
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article:This manuscript presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s Programme Grants for Applied Research Programme (RP-PG-0610-10108). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.en_IE
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofBritish Journal Of Occupational Therapyen
dc.subjectOccupational therapyen_IE
dc.titleEnablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative studyen_IE
dc.contributor.funderNational Institute for Health Researchen_IE
dc.local.contactSinéad Hynes, Nui Galway. - Email:

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