1. Introduction

The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Centennial Vision aims to establish occupational therapy (OT) as an evidence-based profession. Research has established that OT practitioners are encountering a number of barriers regarding the implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) in clinical practice.There is a lack of research regarding solutions these barriers. Therefore, the researchers in this study seek to find solutions to the barriers that practitioners face. When using the term evidence-based practice, the researchers refer to the definition presented by the American Occupational Therapy Association (2017): “Evidence-based practice (EBP) is based on the integration of critically appraised research results with the clinical expertise, and the client’s preferences, beliefs and values” (p.1).

Contact information
The principal researcher in charge of this study is: Dr. Susan Aebker, DHS, OTR/L, CAS
Address: Ollie Davis Center 68 Darst Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45440
Daytime phone number:  (937) 490-0301
Email address: Susan.Aebker@kc.edu

This study is taking place at Kettering College and is being conducted by students in the Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program.

You are being asked to take part in this research survey to gather information regarding solutions to the barriers that OT practitioners face in regards to evidence-based practice implementation. The purpose of this study is to explore how OT practitioners prioritize potential solutions to mediate barriers to evidence-based practice.

A research study is meant to answer specific questions. The survey contains items concerning demographic information, perceived barriers, and a section to to rank rank the proposed solutions to the main barriers that practitioners face related to evidence-based practice. This survey will take a maximum of 10 minutes of your time.

This is a nationwide survey, with the goal of up to 2000 occupational therapy practitioners participating in the study.

The researchers are not being paid to conduct this study.

You are being asked to volunteer for this research study because you are a member of the population of interest.