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Occupational Therapists’ Use of Evidence-Based Practice: Phenomenological Study

Shin HyeonHui 1 Kyeong-Mi Kim 1

1인제대학교

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ABSTRACT

Objective : The purpose of this research was to study how to use the evidence-based practice of occupationaltherapists in a hospital setting. Methods : The participants included eight occupational therapists working in hospitals. The data were collectedthrough in-depth interviews conducted from November 2013 to December 2013. The interviews were taperecorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were analyzed using Giorgi’s phenomenological analysis and theATLAS.ti software program. Results : The results of this study consist of 84 manageable units, 14 sub-structures, and seven structures. Thecomponents regarding the occupational therapists’ use of evidence-based occupational therapy were ‘searchingthe data’, ‘information from practice’, ‘advice’, and ‘client preference’. In addition, components regarding thebarriers were a ‘lack of ability’, ‘poor motivation’, and ‘a restrictive hospital environment’. Conclusion : To facilitate evidence-based occupational therapy, activation of education and an improvement in thehospital environment are needed.

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