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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine outcomes of a post professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program on graduates’ engagement in evidence-based practice, leadership, and scholarly activities one year post graduation. Method: Thirty graduates of a post professional OTD program completed an online survey addressing evidence-based practice skills, implementation of occupation and evidence-based programs, and participation in leadership and scholarly endeavors. Results: The majority of graduates reported confidence in their evidence-based practice skills and using evidence in clinical decision making. Over half of the respondents reported designing or revising occupation based programs, and all indicated that their OTD education improved their practice skills. Fifty-three percent reported assuming new leadership positions, with one third reporting engagement in scholarly activities since graduation.Conclusion: This research suggests post professional OTD programs have potential to develop practitioners grounded in occupation centered and evidence-based practice who can serve as professional leaders and mentors. Additionally, the results have implications for other allied health disciplines with post professional doctoral programs.

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