The development of a collaborative research triad model

Ward, Kath ORCID logo ORCID: and Wilby, Helen ORCID logo ORCID: (2014) The development of a collaborative research triad model. In: College of Occupational Therapists 38th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 3-5 June 2014, Brighton, UK.

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This seminar will outline the development of a proposed research model, which has emerged from an evaluation of collaborative partnerships between a university occupational therapy programme and local practice partners. The practice-research divide within occupational therapy is well documented (Crist 2010). Students are often deterred from conducting research in practice due to difficulties such as gaining organisational approval and gaining access to sites. The consequent lack of research and skills upon qualification combined with limited resources and demanding workloads results in practitioners feeling ill equipped to conduct research to support their practice, thus perpetuating the divide (Kennel et al 2009). An educational approach aiming to address the practice research divide was planned and implemented. This comprised the development of research partnerships involving students, practitioners and university supervisors. Research projects were collaboratively designed and executed. Following this the partnerships were evaluated from the perspectives of all three parties. The evaluation used an action research methodology. Ethical approval was granted from the university and research governance approval was granted from the NHS Trusts employing the practitioners. Findings identified many benefits as well as a number of challenges and suggestions for future collaborations. The seminar will begin with a brief overview of the findings of the evaluation followed by a discussion of lessons learnt. It is intended that this will initiate some discussion around the practice-research divide and the potential for the proposed model in addressing this within a wider professional context. Ultimately it is envisaged that dissemination of and discussion around the model will promote the development of practice based research, which will enable occupational therapists to build their evidence base and provide effective interventions for their service users.

Crist PA (2010) Adapting research instruction to support the scholarship of practice: practice-scholar partnerships. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 24(1), 39–55.
Kennel S, Burns S, Horn H (2009) Stimulating student interest in nursing research: a program pairing students with practicing clinician researchers. Educational Innovations, 48(4), 209–12.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 1477-6006
Departments: Academic Departments > Health, Psychology & Social Studies (HPSS) > Rehabilitation
Additional Information: Kath Ward is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria. She is interested in facilitating research partnerships between students and practitioners. Helen Wilby is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Cumbria. Her interests include development of research capacity, assessment and clinical reasoning. Session 66.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 11:50
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 12:46


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