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Fostering evidence-based practice in community-based rehabilitation: Strategies for implementation.

Abstract

Occupational therapists around the world are taking up the challenge to implement an evidence-based practice approach to the development of occupational therapy services. The emphasis in applying evidence-based practice within occupational therapy has been strongly biomedical in focus. In South Africa, many occupational therapists work in communities where their work is largely community-based rehabilitation. With no examples of how evidence-based practice can be applied in such settings, therapists have struggled with how it may be used to inform their practice. This paper explores the concepts of evidence-based practice and community-based rehabilitation, and illustrates how evidence-based practice can be applied within community-based rehabilitation. Examples are provided to show how evidence-based practice can realistically be applied in community-based rehabilitation programmes with the intention of empowering therapists to begin using evidence as a basis for their practice. It further explores how evidence-based practice can be used by occupational therapists to inform decision-making related to the development of community-based rehabilitation programmes and services.

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Type
Journal Article
Author
Buchanan H
Lorenzo T
Law M
Year of Publication
2015
Journal
South African Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume
45
Issue
2
Number of Pages
56 -62
Language
eng
ISSN Number
0038-2337
DOI
10.17159/2310-3833/2015/V45N2A9
Alternate Journal
S. Afr. j. occup. ther.
Publication Language
eng

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