Running Head: A Study into the Use of PRPP in Clinical Practice
Lu, Frank I-Chien
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This study aimed to investigate the extent to which, and how occupational therapists use the Perceive Recall Plan Perform System of Task Analysis (PRPP) in their clinical practice in New Zealand. Web-based questionnaires were used to elicit occupational therapists’ perspectives on adoption and implementation of the PRPP in practice, the benefits and challenges that they experience, and the factors that affected their use of this standardised occupation-based assessment at their work settings. The results show that 63.5% of the occupational therapists began using the PRPP in their clinical practice within the first month after training. There were variations in the ease and frequency with which they were able to administer the PRPP. The common challenges experienced were high workload and lack of time to consolidate new knowledge and skills. Successful implementation of the PRPP is dependent on therapists’ motivation, supportive workplace, and sufficient time for new learning to take place. This study supports the idea that integrating new learning and skills into current practice are complex and affected by many factors. A team approach is important to enable PRPP trained practitioners work in collaboration with their employers (managers/funders) to make the best use of the supports and resources to facilitate and consolidate new knowledge and skills into their practice.
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