Priorities for Occupational Therapy Research in the United Kingdom: Executive Summary of the POTTER Project

Bannigan et al. (2008) full text summary PDF

For which topic were research priorities identified?

occupational therapy

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

In the College of Occupational Therapists' (COT's) business plan 2005-2006, there was a commitment to revise the ‘Research and development strategic vision and action plan' (Ilott and White 2001) and to develop a United Kingdom (UK) Occupational Therapy Research Foundation. An understanding of current research priorities was needed to inform both activities.

What was the objective?

to identify research priorities for occupational therapy research in the UK

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

consultation; survey; workshop

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: literature review to gather gaps in the occupational therapy knowledge base. Step 2: two consensus workshops: consulting with occupational therapists to generate research priorities for occupational therapy in the UK. Step 3: survey: based on research priorities identified in consensus conferences, survey explicitly stated that participants were to rate the level of research priority, not the importance to occupational therapy. Step 4: researchers provided commentary on the results of the survey. Step 5: stakeholder consultation: consultation with British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists (BAOT/COT) Council to review survey findings

Which stakeholders took part?

Occupational therapists. Survey: 2661 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders not only participated but were also actively involved in the research prioritization process: They were part of a steering group. The steering group consisted of members of the College of Occupational Therapists.