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Attitudes of mental health occupational therapists toward evidence-based practice
journal contributionposted on 2016-02-01, 00:00 authored by Danielle HitchDanielle Hitch
Background. Evidence-based practice is an important driver in modern health care and has become a priority in mental health occupational therapy in recent years. Purpose. The aim of this study was to measure the attitudes of a cohort of mental health occupational therapists toward evidence-based practice. Method. Forty-one mental health occupational therapists were surveyed using the Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale (EBPAS). Mann-Whitney U tests and Spearman’s rho were used to analyze the data. Findings. The occupational therapy respondents had generally positive attitudes toward evidence-based practices comparable to established norms. Respondents with further qualifications beyond their professional degree were significantly more likely to try new interventions ( p = .31). Significant negative correlations were found also for the subscales of Appeal and Openness in relation to years of occupational therapy practice (rho = –.354, p = .023; rho = –.344, p = 0.28) and mental health experience (rho = –.390, p = 0.12; rho = –.386, p = .013). Implications. Therapist factors can significantly impact attitudes toward evidence-based practice.