Statement of context:
Occupational therapists may have difficulty using evidence from systematic reviews.
Critical reflection on practice:
The use of Summary of Findings (SoFs) tables of systematic reviews, sent via email, was explored in two focus groups with six occupational therapists at a school-based practice. Descriptive content analysis was used.
Participants voiced typical barriers to the use of evidence and said that SoFs were helpful. They felt that SoFs were easy to use, understandable, and increased awareness of research and gaps. Some reported difficulty understanding statistics. Participants believed that they would think about applying the evidence in future.
SoFs via email to school-based occupational therapists may be a useful format to disseminate evidence.