Feasibility study of a single-blind randomised controlled trial of an occupational therapy intervention.

Gantschnig, Brigitte Elisabeth; Nilsson, Ingeborg; Fisher, Anne G; Künzle, Christoph; Page, Julie (2015). Feasibility study of a single-blind randomised controlled trial of an occupational therapy intervention. Scandinavian journal of occupational therapy, 23(4), pp. 260-271. Taylor & Francis 10.3109/11038128.2015.1115548

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BACKGROUND Several factors facilitate or hinder efficacy research in occupational therapy. Strategies are needed, therefore, to support the successful implementation of trials. AIM To assess the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The main feasibility objectives of this study were to assess the process, resources, management, and scientific basis of a trial RCT. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 10 occupational therapists, between the ages of 30 and 55 (M 43.4; SD 8.3) with seven to 26 years' (M 14.3; SD 6.1) experience, participated in this study. Qualitative data collected included minutes of meetings, reports, and field notes. The data were analysed based on the principles of content analysis, using feasibility objectives as the main categories. RESULTS Data analysis revealed strengths in relation to retention and inclusion criteria of participants, the study protocol, study organisation, and the competence of researchers. Weaknesses were found related to recruitment, randomisation, data collection, time for training and communication, commitment, and design. CONCLUSION The findings indicated that there are several factors which had a considerable impact on the implementation of an RCT in practice. However, it was useful to assess methods and procedures of the trial RCT as a basis to refine research plans.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Rheumatology, Clinical Immunology and Allergology

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Gantschnig, Brigitte Elisabeth


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Taylor & Francis




Stefan Kuchen

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13 Apr 2016 16:06

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27 Nov 2016 02:30

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Implementation; pilot study; practice





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