We will use four different intervention strategies to try to improve research implementation by Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) working with children and young people with cerebral palsy (CP).
Strategy 1: Knowledge brokers
Each partner organisation will nominate a number of AHP ‘knowledge brokers’ for the project. These individuals will be a conduit between researchers, managers and clinicians, providing an expert link between research and practice. Knowledge brokers will identify and address workplace barriers to implementation of the other aspects of the project.
Strategy 2: Access to an online research evidence library
Access to current research evidence can be difficult for busy clinicians. This study will provide participating AHPs with free, unlimited access to an online evidence library called ‘CP Decision’ that compiles the latest research evidence in the field of cerebral palsy. This library is maintained by one of our partners, CP Alliance.
Strategy 3: Provision of negotiated evidence-based education and training
All AHPs participating in the project will be offered 1-3 evidence-based education/training days per year. Training will be allocated via identification of needs within partner organisations and negotiation with management and researchers.
Strategy 4: Routine use of evidence-based assessment procedures
A comprehensive assessment of children with CP, using the best available assessment tools, will be undertaken by participating AHPs on three occasions over two years. The assessment will be recorded in a standardised way using an electronic database called ‘CP Check Up’ that is provided by one of our partners (CP Alliance).