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Book review

Evidence-based Practice for Occupational Therapists, 2nd edition

DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0229


M. Clare Taylor, pp. 224, 2007. Price £25.99. ISBN:
9781405137003, ISBN10: 1405137002. Wiley-Blackwell,
Oxford, UK.
This second edition of the book Evidence-based Practice for
Occupational Therapists does not concentrate merely on the
basic skills of evidence-based practice (EBP) in occupational
therapy; it also explores the implementation and development
of an evidence-based culture within occupational therapy
It can be regarded as a handbook for students and clinicians
in the field of occupational therapy. The book contains many
examples and questions that can be used to develop skills in
EBP. Firstly, it sets out different ways of finding the evidence.
Thereafter it focuses on evidence from clinical trials and systematic
reviews. Taylor then discusses the use of evidence from
qualitative research, which is beginning to be regarded as acceptable
and appropriate evidence to answer certain questions.
Qualitative research generates deeper, richer data, which can
address issues of quality and the clients’ experience of different
phenomena that cannot be studied in clinical trials.
This second edition adds new important information about
how to find evidence from other sources, such as qualitative
research, but also how to carry out a review of the evidence
and develop and use guidelines for practice. The book is
well-written and provides examples of criteria for review of
research and examples of how to implement the evidence from
research in clinical practice, both in relation to a specific client
and in the development of an EBP culture within a department
of occupational therapy. This publication will be very helpful
for students in occupational therapy and provides concrete
examples of how to put questions and search for evidence
for certain interventions in occupational therapy. The book
is warmly recommended for students and practitioners in the
field of occupational therapy.
Kerstin Tham, PhD
Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society,
Division of Occupational Therapy, Karolinska Institutet,
SE-141 83 Stockholm, Sweden

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