Longitudinal evaluation of a knowledge translation role in occupational therapy

Hitch, Danielle, Lhuede, Kate, Vernon, Lindsay, Pepin, Genevieve and Stagnitti, Karen 2019, Longitudinal evaluation of a knowledge translation role in occupational therapy, BMC health services research, vol. 19, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-3971-y.

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Title Longitudinal evaluation of a knowledge translation role in occupational therapy
Author(s) Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle orcid.org/0000-0003-2798-2246
Lhuede, Kate
Vernon, Lindsay
Pepin, GenevieveORCID iD for Pepin, Genevieve orcid.org/0000-0002-8382-160X
Stagnitti, KarenORCID iD for Stagnitti, Karen orcid.org/0000-0002-6215-3390
Journal name BMC health services research
Volume number 19
Article ID 154
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2019
ISSN 1472-6963
Keyword(s) Occupational therapy
Knowledge translation
Evidence based practice
Knowledge brokerage
Allied health
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Care Sciences & Services
Summary Background
In 2014, a large metropolitan mental health service in Australia developed a senior role (Lead Research Occupational Therapist) to address an identified need for greater research and knowledge translation, and associated capacity building. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact, in the first 2.5 years, of this role across a range of variables.

Multiple methods were used to gather a comprehensive range of data. Workforce surveys were completed both online and in hard copy in early 2014 (n = 42) and late 2016 (n = 44). Research key performance indicators (academic, research production and cultural) were also identified for measurement over time. The data from these surveys were analysed using descriptive and inductive analysis, and also with social network analysis.

This role has demonstrated positive outcomes across a range of variables. There was a medium effect on the quantity of participation in quality assurance and knowledge translation activities by the workforce. Most knowledge translation behaviours were occurring regularly, although several were absent. An improving trend in attitudes towards evidence-based practice was recorded, and perceptions of the knowledge translation role were generally positive. The Lead Research Occupational Therapist moved from the periphery to the centre of the evidence based practice social network. Improved awareness of other clinicians deploying evidence based practice was observed, and the frequency of interaction between clinicians increased. The role has met all key performance indicators, across the academic, research production and cultural domains.

The shift in focus of this role from research to knowledge translation has produced tangible outcomes for the occupational therapy workforce. These achievements have had a positive impact on the sustainability of the role, which will be continued for at least another two years. An ongoing challenge is to directly measure the impact of this role on outcomes for people with mental illness and their carers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12913-019-3971-y
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
0807 Library and Information Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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