A call for a national evidence-based programs and practices registry in vocational rehabilitation

Mary J. Huber, Gina Oswald, Fong Chan, Linda R. Shaw, Josephine Wilson

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: As the volume of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in vocational rehabilitation (VR) reaches a critical mass and leaders in the field recommend the need for a systematic and rigorous evaluation process that legitimizes and the effectiveness of those practices, a national registry in VR is clearly needed. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to provide the underlying rationale for the creation and maintenance of a user-friendly registry that would secure and support vocational service provision to improve employment outcomes and the quality of life of individuals with disabilities. METHODS: Collaboration from various entities is necessary to ensure the resources and credibility required for a project of this magnitude. All stakeholders should participate in the process of specifying what should be included in the registry and how they would use it. RESULTS: A registry would be a valuable vehicle for providing empirically-supported VR services and information to practitioners, educators, researchers, policy-makers and the public. It would allow for better-informed choices and potential cost savings. CONCLUSIONS: A registry containing effective VR practices is a perfect complement to the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials and answers an important call from the VR community.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages11-18
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Evidence-based practice
  • knowledge translation
  • service provision
  • vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy

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A call for a national evidence-based programs and practices registry in vocational rehabilitation. / Huber, Mary J.; Oswald, Gina; Chan, Fong; Shaw, Linda R.; Wilson, Josephine.

In: Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2017, p. 11-18.

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Huber, Mary J. ; Oswald, Gina ; Chan, Fong ; Shaw, Linda R. ; Wilson, Josephine. / A call for a national evidence-based programs and practices registry in vocational rehabilitation. In: Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. 2017 ; Vol. 46, No. 1. pp. 11-18
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