A Model of Clinician-Researcher Collaboration in a Community Setting: Conducting and Evaluating Clinical Research in a Multidisciplinary Community based Paediatric Rehabilitation Setting

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Abstract

This chapter discusses a model of involving clinicians in producing and evaluating the research evidence; a clinician – researcher collaboration that was utilized in a community - based paediatric rehabilitation setting with specific examples from speech and language therapy (SLT). Novita Children’s Services, South Australia (Novita, formerly known as Crippled Children’s Association of SA Inc., established in 1939) is a non-government, community-based organization that provides services to children with physical disabilities. Novita’s services include therapy, equipment and family support, and we assist over 1300 children with physical and severe multiple disabilities or acquired brain injury and their families annually. Children assisted by Novita have cerebral palsy (approximately 65%), muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, Rett syndrome, or other conditions that result in a permanent physical disability. Novita employs family service co-ordinators, occupational therapists, orthotists, physiotherapists, psychologists, rehabilitation engineers and SLTs, totalling around 150 staff. Typically services are delivered in clients’ homes, kindergartens and schools, or in community settings by multidisciplinary teams of therapists from five office sites in the Adelaide metropolitan area. Staff also visit one or more rural/country areas to support families and local service providers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbedding Evidence-Based Practice in Speech and Language Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Examples
EditorsHazel Roddam, Jemma Skeat
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
Chapter11
Pages79-86
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780470686591
ISBN (Print)9780470743294
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bridging the research - practice gap
  • Knowledge translation (KT)
  • Producing the research evidence
  • Producing the research evidence in SLT at Novita
  • Reflections on collaborative working
  • Speech and language therapy (SLT)
  • Supporting clinicians to evaluate and implement the evidence
  • The clinician - research collaboration model at Novita

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