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The Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action (ITEA) method: a procedure for helping practitioners translate theory and research into action

Hitch,D, Pepin,G and Stagnitti,K 2014, The Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action (ITEA) method: a procedure for helping practitioners translate theory and research into action, British journal of occupational therapy, vol. 77, no. 12, pp. 592-600, doi: 10.4276/030802214X14176260335183.

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Title The Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action (ITEA) method: a procedure for helping practitioners translate theory and research into action
Author(s) Hitch,DORCID iD for Hitch,D orcid.org/0000-0003-2798-2246
Pepin,GORCID iD for Pepin,G orcid.org/0000-0002-8382-160X
Stagnitti,KORCID iD for Stagnitti,K orcid.org/0000-0002-6215-3390
Journal name British journal of occupational therapy
Volume number 77
Issue number 12
Start page 592
End page 600
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2014-12-01
ISSN 0308-0226
1477-6006
Keyword(s) Alcohol
Evidence-based practice
Knowledge transfer
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Rehabilitation
PROFESSIONALS
KNOWLEDGE
QUALITY
PEOPLE
MISUSE
Summary Introduction: The aim of this article is to describe and explain a new method for integrating theory and evidence that enables practitioners to translate evidence into action applied in their practice. Method: A new multiple methods procedure called the Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action method is described. It is a mixed method that progresses through seven distinct steps: clinical question, framework, identification, deconstruction, analysis, reconstruction, and transfer/utilization. An example of using this method to review evidence around occupational therapy with people recovering from alcohol misuse and/or abuse is provided. Findings: This method highlights the importance of theory, tests the empirical strength of theories, includes diverse forms of evidence, and encourages the integration of knowledge within clinical practice. Conclusion: The Integrating Theory, Evidence and Action method is accessible and useful to practitioners and will support their efforts to make their practice evidence based. Current methods of evidence-based practice focus mostly on research evidence (particularly quantitative evidence); however, research is only one of the ways of knowing that practitioners draw upon to guide their practice. This method enables occupational therapists to integrate theory, evidence, and practice in a coherent and translatable way.
Language eng
DOI 10.4276/030802214X14176260335183
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069710

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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