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Pettigrew, C. M., Lee, A., O’Sullivan, C., Henn, P., & O’Flynn, S.
Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Society [Abstracts of the Fourth Annual Conference]
Strategies for interprofessional education in health and social care – A teaching and learning model
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interprofessional education speech and language therapy occupational therapy medicine
F. Keogan
Dublin, Ireland
Background/aims: Over the past two decades, physiotherapists have been encouraged to take an evidence-based approach to the teaching and practice of physiotherapy.1 In the Republic of Ireland, however, very little is known about chartered physiotherapists’ attitudes towards evidence-based practice (EBP) and the extent of their skills to access, interpret and utilise evidence. The aim of this study was to establish the attitudes, use and knowledge of chartered physiotherapists towards EBP and to identify the barriers to moving from opinion based practice to EBP. Methods: A self-administered postal questionnaire was distributed to a random sample of 394 physiotherapists practicing in Ireland between January and March 2007. Ethical approval was obtained from the Research Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Results: There was a 56% response rate (n = 220). The majority of respondents agreed that the use of evidence in practice was necessary (96%, n = 211), that the literature was helpful in their practices (93%, n = 205), and that quality of patient care was better when evidence was used (95%, n = 208). Ninety-five per cent of respondents indicated that they were interested in learning or improving the skills necessary to implement EBP. Respondents (55%, n = 120) thought the most appropriate way to move towards EBP was by using evidence based guidelines or proposals. Holders of a masters/doctoral degree were significantly more confident in their ability to review professional literature (x2 = 32.9; p = 0.000) and to use research findings in the process of clinical decision-making (x2 = 32.50; p = 0.000). The top three barriers to implementing EBP were identified as lack of time, lack of generalizability of the literature findings to patient populations and lack of research skills. Overall physiotherapists stated they had a positive attitude towards EBP and were interested in learning or improving the skills necessary to implement EBP. Conclusion: It is concluded that there is potential for physiotherapy to develop as an evidence-based profession but possible barriers must be addressed. References 1 Turner P. Evidence based practice and physiotherapy in the 1990s. Physiother Theory Pract 2001;17:107–21.
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