OTA/PTA role on interprofessional teams

 

You are being invited to participate in a research study led by a team of OTA/PTAs (J. Penner and A. Snively from Hamilton Health Sciences and Andrew Boim from Trillium Health Partners) to examine the current practice culture of OTA/PTAs in interprofessional teams (exploring the perceptions, barriers, facilitators and experiences of staff both at HHS and at Trillium Health Partners in Missisauga).  Our team also has a research mentor and representatives from PT and OT professional practice, and OTA/PTA academic partners.

 

In order to decide whether or not you want to be a part of this research study, you should understand what is involved and the potential risks and benefits.

 

 WHY IS THIS RESEARCH BEING DONE?

 

While policies and practice standards for the supervision of support personnel were implemented for both occupational therapists and physiotherapists since enactment of the Regulated Health Professionals Act in Canada in 1991, training programs for OTA/PTAs were only accredited in 2012. 

 

Viewing the OTA/PTA profession as an innovation, we will use Diffusion of Innovation theory to examine how OTA/PTAs have been incorporated into interprofessional practice in health care, and to explore how to increase and uphold the development of the profession. 

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY?

The purpose of our study is to examine the present status of the OTA/PTA role and practice within healthcare. This study will investigate facilitators, barriers, perceptions and status of the role in our current healthcare culture, with a view to the next steps for development of the OTA/PTA profession.

 

 
WHAT WILL MY RESPONSIBILITIES BE IF I TAKE PART IN THE STUDY?

If you continue to the survey, you will be asked to answer questions about your experiences working as, or working with OTA/PTA’s within your healthcare setting. This is an anonymous survey, initiated by the investigators.  It is not a staff engagement project, nor will your answers be able to be linked directly to your demographics. Your responsibilities will be to complete the survey to the best of your knowledge and experience providing insight into your perceptions and ideas, regardless of if they are positive or negative. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

 WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE RISKS AND DISCOMFORTS?

There are no foreseeable risks associated with this study. You may feel worried about your responses. There are no right or wrong answers, we do not ask your name or know what email the survey originated from, and all individual responses will be kept confidential. 

 

 

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN THIS STUDY?

We are inviting all Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, OTA/PTA’s and other allied health team members across Hamilton Health Sciences, as well as within the Trillium Partner Hospitals in Mississauga. We intend to use the results of this survey to refine our questions, and then the survey will also be offered to all practicing OT’s, PT’s and OTA/PTA’s in Canada.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE BENEFITS FOR ME AND/OR FOR SOCIETY? 

We cannot promise any personal benefits to you from your participation in this study.  The results of this study may benefit society and the scientific community by providing information about the current status of the OTA/PTA role within healthcare.  We will share the results of our study at OT and PT rounds at HHS and Trillium. We also intend to share the research process and project results at McMaster’s Evidence-Based Practice symposiums (for the OT and PT students) and at provincial and national conferences such as OSOT, CAOT, and CPA, and will pursue publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

 

 

WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT PRIVATE?

 

This survey is completely anonymous.  The electronic survey software is designed so that it is not possible to link it back to you or your computer.  The anonymous information from both the paper and electronic surveys will be securely stored in a locked office at HHS. 

 

For the purposes of ensuring the proper monitoring of the research study, it is possible that a member of the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board may consult the research data. By signing the sheet on the front of the survey or pressing the “I accept” button at the end of this consent form, you are authorizing such access.

 

If the results of the study are published, the anonymous nature of our data collection means your name will not be used and no information that discloses your identity will be released or published.    

 

CAN PARTICIPATION IN THE STUDY END EARLY?

If you volunteer to be in this study, you may withdraw at any time, simply by exiting the electronic survey, or deciding not to return your paper survey. You may also refuse to answer any questions you don’t want to answer and still remain in the study.    

 

 

WILL I BE PAID TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY?

You will not be paid to participate in this study.

 

WILL THERE BE ANY COSTS?

There are no costs associated with this study.

 

IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR PROBLEMS, WHOM CAN I CALL?

If you have any questions about the research now or later, please contact:

Tara Packham at 905-527-4322 ext. 46297 or packhamt@hhsc.ca

Jacklyn Penner at 905-521-2100 ext. 40916 or pennerj@hhsc.ca

Amanda Snively at 905-521-2100 ext. 40902 or snively@hhsc.ca

 

 

This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB). The HIREB is responsible for ensuring that participants are informed of the risks associated with the research, and that participants are free to decide if participation is right for them. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please call the Office of the Chair, Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board at 905.521.2100 x 42013.

 

 

I understand the terms of participation as outlined above and by clicking on the I Agree button below I am giving my consent to participate in the study.

There are 39 questions in this survey.