Other resources for evidence-based occupational therapy
Tickle-Degnen, L. (1998), Using research evidence in planning treatment for the individual client. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(3), 152-159.
Provides a step-by-step guide of how to ask the questions and search for evidence to guide the practice
Shows how the evidence is evaluated and how the conclusion is arrived in relation to the case scenario described in the article
Demonstrates how the client can be involved in the final decision about the intervention option after considering the evidence
Law, M., & Baum, C. (1998). Evidence-based occupational therapy. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(3), 131-135.
Gives the background to the evidence-based practice in occupational therapy
Good expansion on the challenges and threats to the evidence-based practice in occupational therapy
Bannigan, K. (1997). Clinical effectiveness: Systematic reviews and evidence-based practice in occupational therapy. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60(11), 479-483.
Discusses the relevance of systematic reviews to the clinical practice of occupational therapy
Outlines how to access systematic reviews through the Cochrane Library or Databases of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness
Briefly critiques two systematic reviews on sensory integration, and preventing falls and subsequent injury in older people
Hayes, L.R., & McGrath, J.J. (1998). Evidence-based practice: The Cochrane Collaboration, and occupational therapy. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(3), 131-135.
Describes how occupational therapists can become involved in the Cochrane Collaboration
Describes how occupational therapists can use the Cochrane Collaboration to become better informed about best practice, to evaluated research in their area of interest and to learn skills related to conducting randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses
Carlson, M., Fanchiang, S., Zemke, R., & Clark, F. (1996). A meta-analysis of effectiveness of occupational therapy for older persons. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 50(2), 89-98.
Describes a study designed to determine the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for older persons using meta-analysis of outcome literature
Describes the process through which the authors were able to determine that occupational therapy in general is effective for older persons