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Royal College of Occupational Therapists publishes research priorities report

We’ve helped produce a new report that outlines the research priorities for occupational therapists who support people with spinal cord injury.

We’ve been supporting the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) in its partnership with the James Lind Alliance to identify what priorities for occupational therapy research are important to people with a spinal cord injury, their families, carers and clinicians.

RCOT sets the professional and educational standards for the occupational therapy profession in the UK. It represents the profession at national and international levels, and provides leadership, guidance and information relating to research and development, education, practice, and lifelong learning.

Research priorities

A Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) is a way of working with researchers and the public to decide the priorities for research. Working together, the aim is to ensure that the funding bodies for health research know what really matters to patients and those involved in delivering their care.

RCOT have now published the final report from the PSP, called ‘Identifying research priorities for occupational therapy in the UK: What matters most to the people accessing and delivering services’.


The report provides an account of how the RCOT / James Lind Alliance research PSP developed, and culminated with the announcement of the top 10 research priorities for occupational therapy in the UK.

This project brought together people who access services, occupational therapists and others working in the health and care environment, to identify and prioritise the unanswered questions people had about occupational therapy which research could answer.

The report details how the ten priority summary questions were agreed, and how occupational therapists, and others, can contribute towards addressing them and developing the evidence base informing and underpinning occupational therapy practice.

For more information about the RCOT visit their website