The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has published 10 research priorities for occupational therapy in the UK.
A new report from the organisation identifies what matters most to the people accessing and delivering occupational services and how members can contribute towards addressing their needs.
The top 10 priorities were agreed by consensus last year in a setting partnership between RCOT and the James Lind Alliance.
This project bought together people who access services, occupational therapists and others working in the health and care environment to identify and prioritise the unanswered questions people had about occupational therapy which research could answer.
Commenting on the report, RCOT assistant director for education and research Dr Jo Watson, said: “The report provides a full account of the processes involved and methodological approach taken to identifying the Top 10. Specifically, it identifies the ways in which the voices of people who access services were given equal weighting to those of professionals.
“It explores the relationship between these new priorities and those identified by the us in 2007 and those identified by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists in 2018. Importantly, it also discusses how occupational therapists at various points along the spectrum of research-engagement can contribute towards addressing the questions that matter the most to the people who access and deliver services.”
RCOT is encouraging all members, occupational therapists and learners, as well as individuals and organisations involved in the profession, to read the report so that it can help inform the research they engage in and/or support.