Annie McCluskey

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INTRODUCTION Health educators who teach professionals about evidence-based practice (EBP) need instruments to measure change in skills and knowledge. This study aimed to develop and evaluate the interrater reliability, internal consistency, and responsiveness of the Adapted Fresno Test (AFT) of competence in EBP. METHODS Reliability testing involved 2(More)
BACKGROUND Many health professionals lack the skills to find and appraise published research. This lack of skills and associated knowledge needs to be addressed, and practice habits need to change, for evidence-based practice to occur. The aim of this before and after study was to evaluate the effect of a multifaceted intervention on the knowledge, skills,(More)
OBJECTIVES To document service utilization by people with a traumatic brain injury at different times postinjury and to identify factors that predict service use. DESIGN Cross-sectional study design. Four groups of subjects were randomly selected from a regional database, according to their time postinjury: 6-18 months; 2-4 years; 6-9 years; and 10-17(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Splints are commonly applied to the wrist and hand to prevent and treat contracture after stroke. However, there have been few randomized trials of this intervention. We sought to determine whether wearing a hand splint, which positions the wrist in either a neutral or an extended position, reduces wrist contracture in adults with(More)
INTRODUCTION Online databases can support the implementation of evidence-based practice by providing easy access to research. OTseeker (, an electronic evidence database, was introduced in 2003 to assist occupational therapists to locate and interpret research. OBJECTIVES This study explored Australian occupational therapists' use(More)
PURPOSE The Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire is a patient reported outcome measure for evaluating upper limb function in people with musculoskeletal conditions. While the DASH has good psychometric properties when used with people with musculoskeletal conditions, it has not been tested with adults after stroke. METHODS Data for(More)
PURPOSE Power wheelchairs and scooters have the potential to increase community participation for people with mobility limitations. However, there are also challenges associated with use. The aims of this study were to investigate the characteristics of adults who use power wheelchairs and scooters, explore the process of power-mobility provision and(More)
This clinical scenario illustrates how OTseeker can be used by occupational therapists to locate research that may inform clinical decisions. Beyond the clinical arena, this database also has potential to greatly enhance the ability of researchers to perform systematic reviews of RCTs and eventually, development of clinical guidelines. In conclusion,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of 4 weeks of hand splinting on the length of finger and wrist flexor muscles, hand function, and pain in people with acquired brain impairment. DESIGN Randomized, assessor-blinded trial. SETTING Rehabilitation center in Australia. PARTICIPANTS Twenty-eight adults with acquired brain impairment, all within 6 months of(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Reduced walking ability and loss of confidence are common after stroke. Many people cannot drive or use public transport, which can restrict participation. This qualitative study aimed to explore the experiences and attitudes of people following stroke to travelling outdoors early after hospital discharge. METHODS Two semi-structured(More)