Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals

Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

  • $66.95
  • ISBN 10 1-55642-821-9
  • ISBN 13 978-1-55642-821-0
  • 376 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2008
  • Order# 38129

Evidence-based research and decision making are increasingly in demand in professional practice. Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals is a unique workbook that offers students and professionals efficient strategies for translating evidence into everyday practices.

Dr. Winnie Dunn has designed Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice to be used as a step-by-step resource for students and professionals on how to understand and use evidence available in research and how to build solid decision-making patterns that will support professional practice.


  • Step by step directions for understanding and using literature to craft evidence-based plans in professional practice
  • Exercises that provide practice on how to properly read research articles
  • Activities to prepare students and clinicians on how to synthesize information across similar articles
  • Applications that will teach how to understand methods and results
  • Opportunities for reflecting in action about one’s own current practices and how to refine them

With a vast amount of resources available today, it is critical for both the novice and experienced practitioner to use effective tactics. By following the specific steps inside Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice, a student, professional, interdisciplinary team, or study group can learn how to derive meaning from research articles in a more efficient way and then use the information to make informed decisions in everyday practice.

Written in a user-friendly format, this text provides over twenty research articles and numerous worksheets so readers can practice interpreting research as they are learning.

Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals is the only text that can both act as a companion workbook to literature and also encompass volumes of research within one text.

About the Author
Foreword by Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
How to Use This Book
Section I Learning the Basics
Unit 1 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice
Unit 2 Characterizing Responses to Evidence
Unit 3 Understanding and Using the Basic Parts of Research Articles
Section II Practice Using Evidence to Design Best Practices
Unit 4 Examining Evidence Related to Assistive Devices
Unit 5 Examining Evidence Related to Use of Compensatory Strategies to Enhance Participation
Unit 6 Examining Evidence Related to Caregiving
Unit 7 Examining Evidence Related to Applying Sensory Processing Knowledge in Context
Unit 8 Examining Evidence Related to Constraint-Induced Therapy Interventions
Unit 9 Examining Evidence Related to Diet and Exercise
Section III Expanding Your Knowledge and Skills for Evidence-Based Practice
Unit 10 Understanding Summary and Meta-Analysis Articles
Unit 11 Examining Evidence Related to Emerging and Controversial Practices
Unit 12 Creating Evidence Within Your Own Practice
Appendix Journal Articles for Activities
Article 1 The Role of Anomalous Data in Knowledge Acquisition: A Theoretical Framework and Implications for Science Instruction
Clark A. Chinn, William F. Brewer
Article 2 Barriers to the Use of Traditional Telephones by Older Adults With Chronic Health Conditions
William C. Mann, Patrícia Belchior, Machiko R. Tomita, Bryan J. Kemp
Article 3 Efficacy of Sensory and Motor Interventions for Children with Autism
Grace T. Baranek
Article 4 The Influence of Vigorous versus Mild Exercise on Autistic Stereotyped Behaviors
Lynn Kern, Robert L. Koegel, Glen Dunlap
Article 5 The Effects of Physical Exercise on Self-Stimulation and Appropriate Responding in Autistic Children
Lynn Kern, Robert L. Koegel, Kathleen Dyer, Priscilla A. Blew, Lisa R. Fenton
Article 6 The Effects of Exercise Intensity on the Stereotypic Behaviors of Individuals With Autism
Leslie J. Levinson, Greg Reid
Article 7 Decreasing Self-Stimulatory Behavior with Physical Exercise in a Group of Autistic Boys
Robert G. Watters, Wilhelmina E. Watters
Article 8 The Effects of Neurodevelopmental Treatment Versus Practice on the Reaching of Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy
Linda Fetters, JoAnn Kluzik
Article 9 Parent Reports of Sensory Symptoms in Toddlers with Autism and Those with Other Developmental Disorders
Sally J. Rogers, Susan Hepburn, Elizabeth Wehner
Article 10 The Effect of Training Older Adults With Stroke to Use Home-Based Assistive Devices
Cindy W. Y. Chiu, David W. K. Man
Article 11 Incorporating or Resisting Assistive Devices: Different Approaches to Achieving a Desired Occupational Self-Image
Maria Larsson Lund, Louise Nygård
Article 12 Frail Older Adults’ Self-Report of Their Most Important Assistive Device
William C. Mann, Catherine Llanes, Michael D. Justiss, Machiko Tomita
Article 13 Removing Environmental Barriers in the Homes of Older Adults With Disabilities Improves Occupational Performance
Susan Stark
Article 14 Randomized Controlled Trial of the Use of Compensatory Strategies to Enhance Adaptive Functioning in Outpatients with Schizophrenia
Dawn I. Velligan, C. Christine Bow-Thomas, Cindy Huntzinger, Janice Ritch, Natalie Ledbetter, Thomas J. Prihoda, Alexander L. Miller
Article 15 Use of Environmental Supports Among Patients With Schizophrenia
Dawn I. Velligan, Janet Mueller, Mei Wang, Margaret Dicocco, Pamela M. Diamond, Natalie J. Maples, Barbara Davis
Article 16 Caregiving and Autism: How Does Children’s Propensity for Routinization Influence Participation in Family Activities?
Elizabeth Larson
Article 17 Mothers of Children With Disabilities: Occupational Concerns and Solutions
Brianna K. McGuire, Terry K. Crowe, Mary Law, Betsy VanLeit
Article 18 Caregivers’ Self-Initiated Support Toward Their Partners With Dementia When Performing an Everyday Occupation Together at Home
Sofia Vikström, Lena Borell, Anna Stigsdotter-Neely, Staffan Josephsson
Article 19 The Effect of Constraint-Induced Movement Treatment on Occupational Performance and Satisfaction in Stroke Survivors
Nancy A. Flinn, Sue Schamburg, Jill Murray Fetrow, Jennifer Flanigan
Article 20 Constraint-induced Movement Therapy for Hemiplegic Children With Acquired Brain Injuries
N. Karman, J. Maryles, R. W. Baker, E. Simpser, P. Berger-Gross
Article 21 From the General to the Specific: Using Meta-Analytic Reports in Clinical Decision Making
Linda Tickle-Degnen
Article 22 Controversial Practices: The Need for a Reacculturation of Early Intervention Fields
R. A. McWilliam
Article 23 Controversial Therapies for Young Children with Developmental Disabilities
Robert E. Nickel

"Personnel in professional practice now recognize the importance of making decisions with an evidence-based foundation. This new book should be in the hands of therapists and students who are concerned with research, patient care, and how to integrate evidence-based studies in their approach to patients."

— Jay Schleichkorn, PhD, PT, Dr. Jay’s E-Book Reports

"This clear, organized, easy to follow guide lays the foundation for a systematic approach. This book is well written, informative, and follows a logical sequence. The practical strategies will be very useful to students to understand and implement evidence in their practice areas. I would highly recommend it not only to occupational therapy students but also to evidence based practitioners and health care policy consultants."

— Rekha Chhatre, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

"The book Bringing Evidence into Everyday Practice: Practical Strategies for Healthcare Professionals by Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is an excellent reference on using evidence-based research in clinical practice. This book can assist in the mastery of evidence-based practice skills and facilitate the practitioner’s ability to integrate these skills into real-life situations."

— Shannon Bushong PT, CSTS, CPI, CEAS, Christiana Care Health System, DE, ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine

Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas. She was the Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecturer in 2001, received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association, received the A. Jean Ayres research award and the Chancellor’s teaching and research awards, served as a Kemper Teaching Fellow, and is a member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. She has contributed research and other writings to professional literature across her career. Currently she is involved in a statewide initiative called KANSAS: From Evidence to Practice; their purpose is to embed evidence-based practices into all the early intervention and school networks across the state.

Her latest endeavor to translate research into practice involves the publication of a book for the public entitled Living Sensationally: Understanding Your Senses. Its focus is to translate her research about sensory processing into everyday language, so that everyone can understand their own, their family’s, their coworkers’, and their friends’ behaviors a little better.

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