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Using Communities of Practice to Build and Lead Inter-professional Evidence Based Practice

  • 26 Oct 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen, VA


  • Select this registration type if you are also registering for the full conference on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Select this registration type if you are ONLY registering for the Pre-Conference Institute on Friday, and do not plan to attend the conference on Saturday and Sunday.


The Pre-Conference Institute Sessions will be held the Friday prior to VOTA's Annual Conference, October 26, 2018

*Pre-Conference Institutes require a separate registration from the Annual Conference registration. 

Using Communities of Practice to Build and Lead Inter-professional Evidence Based Practice  

Patricia Laverdure, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

Despite increasingly robust scientific evidence to guide occupational therapy practice, access to research databases; time and skills required to access, synthesize and translate evidence to practice; and therapist perception of the availability, applicability, and utility of evidence have challenged the implementation of evidence based practice (EBP), and the use of evidence in clinical decision making across practice settings. As occupational therapists increasingly adopt client centered and occupation based interventions, applying evidence from clinical trials and from diverse settings becomes ever more difficult.

In this presentation, participants will examine strategies that enable participants to distinguish between assumptions and biases, clinical experience, and evidence in practice; access, synthesize, translate, and implement knowledge; and use evidence to critically evaluate and change practice in educational settings. They will identify collaborative approaches that support practitioners’ access to relevant evidence, clarify informational needs, facilitate knowledge development, and close knowledge to practice gaps. Participants will reflect upon and discuss strategies that blend their clinical knowledge and knowledge of the practice context with scientific evidence to inform the collaborative inter-professional team, support decision making, and guide impact analysis and outcome measurement. As in most settings, occupational therapy practitioners face growing accountability requirements to articulate their unique value in supporting clients, work collaboratively as part of an inter-professional team, and contribute actively to the health and well-being outcomes of their clients. Translating evidence and ushering in change at the individual as well as the system level is essential. During this training, participants will identify collaborative approaches to build and lead inter-professional teams, close knowledge to practice gaps, and improve client outcomes. Participants will have the option to continue their learning as part of a faculty guided virtual collaborative learning community following the training.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:  There will be NO refunds issued less than 30 days prior to conference.  Refunds may be issued if requested more than 30 days prior to conference, [less a $30 cancellation fee]


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