Journal article

Efficacy of a knowledge translation approach in changing allied health practitioner use of evidence-based practices with children with cerebral palsy: a before and after longitudinal study

Christine Imms, Claire Kerr, Steven J Bowe, Petra Karlsson, Iona Novak, Nora Shields, Dinah Reddihough

Disability and Rehabilitation | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020


Purpose: To investigate the effect of a knowledge translation intervention on knowledge and frequency of routine evidence-based assessment behaviours of healthcare professionals working with children with cerebral palsy.Methods: A before-and-after longitudinal study was conducted in five disability organisations. Four organisations (Commencing Knowledge Translation group) implemented a multifaceted intervention: knowledge brokers, targeted education, electronic-evidence library, and clinical outcomes database. These strategies were already in place at the fifth organisation (Comparison group). Outcomes evaluated at 0, 6, 12, and 24 months were health-professional knowledge and routine assess..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This project was completed within the "The best service at the best time: Improving the implementation of research for children with cerebral palsy" project which was funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1055278) and received financial and substantial in-kind support from each of our partners: Cerebral Palsy Alliance; St Giles; Novita; Yooralla; and Kids Plus Foundation. The NHMRC had no role in the design, conduct or interpretation of the findings of this study. Organisational managers who determined their financial contributions to the project had no role in the design, data analysis or interpretation of the findings.