Organisational support for evidence-based practice: Occupational therapists perceptions

Bennett, Sally, Allen, Shelley, Caldwell, Elizabeth, Whitehead, Mary, Turpin, Merrill, Fleming, Jennifer and Cox, Ruth (2016) Organisational support for evidence-based practice: Occupational therapists perceptions. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 63 1: 9-18. doi:10.1111/1440-1630.12260

Author Bennett, Sally
Allen, Shelley
Caldwell, Elizabeth
Whitehead, Mary
Turpin, Merrill
Fleming, Jennifer
Cox, Ruth
Title Organisational support for evidence-based practice: Occupational therapists perceptions
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1630
Publication date 2016-02-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1440-1630.12260
Open Access Status
Volume 63
Issue 1
Start page 9
End page 18
Total pages 10
Place of publication Richmond, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Barriers to the use of evidence-based practice extend beyond the individual clinician and often include organisational barriers. Adoption of systematic organisational support for evidence-based practice in health care is integral to its use. This study aimed to explore the perceptions of occupational therapy staff regarding the influence of organisational initiatives to support evidence-based practice on workplace culture and clinical practice.


This study used semi-structured interviews with 30 occupational therapists working in a major metropolitan hospital in Brisbane, Australia regarding their perceptions of organisational initiatives designed to support evidence-based practice.

Four themes emerged from the data: (i) firmly embedding a culture valuing research and EBP, (ii) aligning professional identity with the Research and Evidence in Practice model, (iii) experiences of change: pride, confidence and pressure and (iv) making evidence-based changes to clinical practices.

Organisational initiatives for evidence-based practice were perceived as influencing the culture of the workplace, therapists' sense of identity as clinicians, and as contributing to changes in clinical practice. It is therefore important to consider organisational factors when attempting to increase the use of evidence in practice.
Keyword Knowledge translation
Organisational culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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