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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Doreen Bartlett


This study explores how to facilitate the use of research evidence to optimize outcomes for children with cerebral palsy (CP) in practice. Findings from two studies were used as the basis for exploring how to comprehensively assess developmental trajectories of children with CP and plan individualized interventions. Seventeen affiliated stakeholders (e.g. physicians, senior leadership, frontline clinicians, families and youth with CP) participated in this study.

Data from a deliberative dialogue and interviews were analyzed using grounded theory methods with a pragmatic perspective. The results highlighted that all areas of practice must engage in knowledge translation to be effective. Stakeholders outlined roles and responsibilities of actors within pediatric rehabilitation, including children and families, service providers and administrators and government representatives. Strategies for knowledge translation were considered among stakeholders and described in the results.

This study provides an evidence base to promote knowledge translation for these two studies and in pediatric rehabilitation.