Journal article

Knowledge acquisition and research evidence in autism: Researcher and practitioner perspectives and engagement

Sarah J Carrington, Mirko Uljarevic, Alessandra Roberts, Louise J White, Lynda Morgan, Dawn Wimpory, Christopher Ramsden, Susan R Leekam



BACKGROUND: Government policy and national practice guidelines have created an increasing need for autism services to adopt an evidence-based practice approach. However, a gap continues to exist between research evidence and its application. This study investigated the difference between autism researchers and practitioners in their methods of acquiring knowledge. METHODS: In a questionnaire study, 261 practitioners and 422 researchers reported on the methods they use and perceive to be beneficial for increasing research access and knowledge. They also reported on their level of engagement with members of the other professional community. RESULTS: Researchers and practitioners reported diffe..

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Awarded by Economic and Social Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Hugh Morgan, Jonathan Morgan for their advice and Emma Munro for her assistance in data preparation. We would also like to thank the local practitioners who assisted with the initial survey trial, all participants who completed the main survey and the reviewers for their insightful and constructive comments on the paper. This research was supported by grants (grant numbers RES-189-25-0275, ES/J02080X/1) from the Economic and Social Research Council and a grant from the Welsh Government (2012-2014).