Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Stephanie de Sam Lazaro


Doctor of Occupational Therapy


There is an identified 17-year gap in implementing evidence into practice. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute (CKRI) has the goal of updating their cognitive rehabilitation guidelines by 2023. This project aimed to provide the materials and supports necessary for CKRI to develop, implement, and have follow-up for new evidence-based interventions in their cognitive rehabilitation practice for people with acquired brain injuries and thus improve patient outcomes. A needs assessment, development of an evidence summary, implementation and provision of support were completed to address this need. An evidence table and summary, two presentations, and five intervention-specific handouts were created to support the outcomes of this doctoral project. The five members of the advisory team completed a survey following the delivery of materials in which they reported feeling that interventions were supported by evidence, that the OTD process was effective, deliverables will support their practice, and that they received adequate support. Recommendations for next steps for CKRI are to complete a system-wide survey identifying current rehabilitation practices across CKRI sites as well as interest items identified by therapists, based on the evidence and feasibility of implementation.