Development, Implementation, and Use of a Process to Promote Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation

Jennifer L. Moore*, Julia Carpenter, Anne Marie Doyle, Laura Doyle, Piper Hansen, Bridget Hahn, T. George Hornby, Heidi Rebecca Roth, Susan Spoeri, Rachel Stoller Tappan, Krista Ferguson Van Der Laan

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Abstract

Objective To examine the use and effect of the Battery of Rehabilitation Assessments and Interventions on evidence-based practice (EBP) over 6 years. Design Successive independent samples study. Setting Large rehabilitation system. Participants Successive samples of allied health clinicians (N=372) in 2009 (n=136), 2012 (n=115), and 2015 (n=121). Interventions The Battery of Rehabilitation Assessments and Interventions includes 2 components: (1) a process to synthesize, adapt, and make recommendations about the application of evidence; and (2) a process to implement the recommended practices in 3 levels of care. Main Outcome Measures To assess the effect of the project, surveys on EBP perspectives, use, and barriers were conducted before Battery of Rehabilitation Assessments and Interventions implementation and 3 and 6 years after implementation. Questions about effect of the project on clinical practice were included 3 and 6 years postimplementation. Results Survey data indicate the Battery of Rehabilitation Assessments and Interventions resulted in a significant increase in use of EBPs to make clinical decisions and justify care. As a result of the project, survey participants reported a substantial increase in use of outcome measures in 2012 (74%) and 2015 (91%) and evidence-based interventions in 2012 (62%) and 2015 (82%). In 2012, significant differences (P≤.01) in effect of the Battery of Rehabilitation Assessments and Interventions on practice were identified between therapists who were directly involved in the project and Interventions compared with uninvolved therapists. In 2015, no significant differences existed between involved and uninvolved therapists. Conclusions After 6 years of sustained implementation efforts, the Battery of Rehabilitation Assessments and Interventions expedited the adoption of EBPs throughout a large system of care in rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-90
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume99
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Occupational therapy
  • Outcome assessment, health care
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Physical therapists
  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Translational medical research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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