Research Priorities in Forensic Occupational Therapy

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

forensic occupational therapy

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe - United Kingdom

Why was it conducted at all?

One recent marker of the development of forensic occupational therapy is the successful inauguration of its own annual conference, the National Forensic Occupational Therapy Conference (organised by The State Hospital, Carstairs). This event has enabled clinicians, support workers, managers, researchers and educators with an interest in forensic care to share best practice and network at a national level. Following the first two conferences in 1999 and 2000, it became apparent that occupational therapy, within the forensic setting, heralds both opportunities and challenges for research and development (Table 1). One of the most challenging aspects is the development of a research base specifically within this client population. In order to develop the research agenda within forensic occupational therapy, it was decided to carry out a research priority exercise specifically for forensic occupational therapy.

What was the objective?

to ascertain the specific research priorities of forensic occupational therapists

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 3 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

survey; workshop

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey: participants were asked for research priorities. Step 2: workshop: generation of ideas: each individual silently wrote down his or her priority research topics, followed by recording of ideas: a round-robin feedback system was used to record ideas on a spreadsheet, followed by discussion of ideas and clarification of uncertain topics, then participants voted on ideas: each participant ranked top 5 topics, followed by group discussions with nominal group technique

Which stakeholders took part?

Occupational therapists working in forensic care, 71 participants in survey, 8 participants in workshop.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Convenience sample: Participants were delegates to the 3rd Annual National Forensic Occupational Therapy Conference in 2001 (n=110) and all individuals listed on the national forensic occupational therapy database (n=122).

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.