Knowledge Translation and OT

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It takes an average of 17 years for evidence to make its way into practice. 

The fields of knowledge translation and implementation science are seeking to change this. And, today we are looking at a scoping review of knowledge translation research in rehab. 

To be frank, I think the article is pretty convoluted. (Which is funny since it comes from researchers interested in knowledge translation.🤔)  But, it certainly gives us a good jumping off point to talk about the challenges around knowledge translation, and the need for innovation in this field. 

Next week, we’ll welcome Tim Dionne, PhD, OTR/L to the podcast. His research emphasis is on supporting therapists providing quality care, through knowledge dissemination and dissemination and implementation research methods.

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Earn 1 hour of continuing education

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Primary Journal Article Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Supplemental Materials

Supporting Research and Journal Articles

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to recognize the leading theory of knowledge translation, and where your individual practice fits in.
  • You will be able to identify specific strategies for translating research into your practice. 


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (5 minutes)

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (50 minutes)

  • 00:11:11 How Tim became interested in knowledge translation?
  • 00:14:54 OT-brain and knowledge translation
  • 00:17:54 Article impressions
  • 00:27:55 Visualizing knowledge translation
  • 00:32:40 Knowledge translation success stories?
  • 00:36:40 How to find the right evidence to implement
  • 00:46:58 Where do clients fit in knowledge translation?
  • 00:49:06 Advice for an individual OT who wants to get better at knowledge translation
  • 00:52:50 How is AI going to change knowledge translation?
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Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about Knowledge Translation and OT.  The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Tim Dionne also has no financial disclosures.


Tim Dionne PhD, OTR/L

Dr. Dionne earned his BS in Occupational Science and MS in Occupational Therapy from the University at Buffalo in 2010 and worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now Shirley Ryan Ability Lab) for 5 years. Then transitioned to Rehab Science PhD program at the University at Buffalo, completed in 2019.

His research emphasis is on supporting therapists provided quality care, through knowledge dissemination and implementation research methods. Improving expertise in occupational therapy across urban and rural settings and equity of knowledge are his top research priorities.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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One reply on “Knowledge Translation and OT”

All of those ideas to implement practical interventions through the use of wiki or other database to help clinicians find evidenced based practice to use in the real world would be great! It is very hard to find new interventions and practice guidelines especially as working clinicians with families and other major responsibilities. I am all here for knowledge translation in order to add more knowledge to my OT cap! Thank you for sharing.

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