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dc.contributor.advisorLeis, Anneen_US
dc.creatorGowan-Moody, Donelda Maeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-21T20:05:40Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:59:40Z
dc.date.available2011-09-27T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:59:40Z
dc.date.created2010-08en_US
dc.date.issued2010-08en_US
dc.date.submittedAugust 2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-09212010-200540en_US
dc.description.abstractPurpose & Objectives: To foster improved client care and the continued professionalization of Massage Therapy (MT), it is important that MT practitioners’ research utilization is more clearly understood. The purpose of the study was to explore Massage Therapists’ (MTs) perceptions of research and their self-reported research utilization. Specifically, to 1) describe MT’s perceptions of research and their appraised self-efficacy in research literacy and capacity; 2) better understand the nature of MT’s research utilization; 3) identify what practitioner characteristics are associated with research utilization. Methods: Using a sequential explanatory mixed methods design, the study was conducted in two phases. In the first phase, all (815) registered members of the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) were invited to participate in a mail-out survey. In the second phase, semi-structured qualitative interviews using a critical incident framework explored the nature of practitioners’ use of research. Univariate and logistic regression analysis were conducted using SPSS. Results: In total, 333 questionnaires were returned for a 41% response rate. MTAS members reported overall positive perceptions of research as indicated by high endorsement of its value in adding credibility to MT and by majority agreement that MT practice should be based on research. Reported self-efficacy in various research literacy and capacity skills revealed low levels of knowledge and experience. Reported reference to online research databases, reference to peer-reviewed journals, the belief that MT practice should be based on research, and working more than 20 hours per week were all predictive of research utilization. Case study participants described specific events regarding challenges and successes in utilizing research in their practices and key factors underpinning research utilization were issues of access, issues related to the practitioner, issues of the research itself, and issues of impact on care. Conclusion & Implications: While members of the MTAS perceive research positively, a gap exists between research and practice. Challenges to the diffusion of research appear to be occurring at the stages of research awareness and understanding. Curriculum in MT schools should include more critical appraisal training and more research-based resources. Provincial regulatory status may be the first step to quality training and service delivery.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectmassage therapyen_US
dc.subjectcomplementary and alternative medicineen_US
dc.subjectevidence-based practiceen_US
dc.subjectresearch utilizationen_US
dc.titleResearch perceptions and utilization among massage therapists in Saskatchewan, Canadaen_US
thesis.degree.departmentCommunity Health and Epidemiologyen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunity Health and Epidemiologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
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dc.type.genreThesisen_US


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