An Evaluation of a Workshop about Obesity Designed for Occupational Therapists Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Background The evaluation of knowledge translation activities designed to increase knowledge for occupational therapy practitioners is required to advance evidence-based practice. Purpose This study examines the development, implementation, and evaluation of a workshop aimed at raising awareness about obesity and the role for occupational therapy interventions with an obese population. Methods Fifty-one occupational therapists participated in interactive workshops. Measures of beliefs and attitudes toward obese persons and readiness to work with obese clients were completed. Findings Analysis revealed a change in beliefs about obese persons but no changes in attitudes. Participants reported feeling better informed about obesity and more prepared to work with clients with obesity. The potential for occupational therapy interventions to enable occupation for persons with obesity was recognized. Implications This study provides evidence to support the use of interactive workshops for the purpose of translating knowledge using an approach that is relevant to occupational therapy practice

publication date

  • December 2009