The groundwork for your Advanced Doctoral Experience and future evidence based practice as an occupational therapist starts now with the skills you will build and the knowledge you will gain in OT 610 Research Process I. For your CAP and CAT assignments, you will need to search the literature for research articles relevant to your chosen topic and question. After our in class session, use this guide to help you develop a search strategy of your own and lead you through the search process.
Evidence Based Practice in OT
Evidence based practice (EBP) is "...applying the best available research results (evidence) when making decisions about health care. Health care professionals who perform evidence based practice use research evidence along with clinical expertise and patient preferences." - AHRQ
On this page you will find resources to help you apply EBP principles to your education and clinical decisions. Such resources include systematic reviews, critically appraised topics and articles, and practice guidelines.
Systematic Reviews and Research Summaries
EBP from the AOTA
Your membership to the American Occupational Therapy Association provides you with even more EBP resources.
Critically Appraised Topics in OT
Crticailly appraised topics are slightly less rigorous than systematic reviews, but are also used as evidence for EBP. Use the resources below to find CATs. Note that many universities have mini CATbanks with reviews written by their students, though we have not listed all of them here.
The Center for Evidence Based Medicine also provides templates for creating your own CATs