AOTA Evidence-Based Practice Tools and Resources

Based on systematic reviews conducted by content experts, AOTA’s Evidence-based Practice (EBP) tools and resources provide members with comprehensive information to:
  • Guide and inform clinical decision making
  • Share with clients who want to participate in the clinical decision making process
  • Discuss the distinct value of occupational therapy interventions with external audiences, such as regulatory agencies, third-party payers, referral sources, and program managers
  • Stimulate academic and continuing education, in-service programs, or journal clubs
  • Guide the development of clinical research projects

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AOTA Practice Guidelines Series

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Based on findings of systematic reviews, topic specific Practice Guidelines define the occupational therapy domain and process and interventions that occur within the boundaries of acceptable practice. Updated every 5 years with the latest evidence findings, the guidelines present best practices and summaries of evidence for interventions in a variety of practice areas.

Special Issues of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT)


  Special issues of AJOT include scholarly systematic reviews summarizing the evidence within the scope of occupational therapy practice and based on a focused question. These comprehensive summaries of evidence include information on background research, methodology, and implications for practice. Special Issues are organized by the following practice areas:

Critically Appraised Topics (CATs)


The CAT series provides an "at-a-glance" critical appraisal and synthesis of articles selected to answer a focused question. These brief, user friendly, and comprehensive summaries include key findings and the bottom line for occupational therapy practice. CATs are organized by the following practice areas:

Evidence Exchange


The Evidence Exchange is a central repository for Critically Appraised Papers (CAPs) and related resources. The Evidence Exchange includes opportunities for members to participate as CAP Submitters as well as CAP Reviewers on an ongoing basis. 

Research Opportunities Tables


The tables provide information on priority research areas to help guide the research topic planning process. 

Journal Club Toolkit


The toolkit consists of an array of documents and resources for planning and implementing a journal club. Sample fliers, worksheets, references, critical appraisal guides, a statistical reference sheet, and continuing education documentation are provided to reduce the preparation time needed for a journal club session.

Evidence-based Resource Directory


This online directory links users to evidence-based practice resources.  in a variety of practice areas as well as tutorials for acquiring basic and intermediate-level skills to search and interpret the literature.