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Exploring the awareness of research among registered massage therapists in Ontario

Amanda J. Baskwill
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  • Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Humber College, 205 Humber College Blvd, Toronto, Ontario M9W5L7, Canada
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Published Online: 2015-12-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2015-0006


Background: An increase in available research has highlighted that knowledge changes over time as theories are challenged and adjusted or dismissed. This is particularly important to healthcare practitioners, including massage therapists, who need to frequently review current research and adjust practice accordingly. However, when research findings related to practice are generated, there is considerable delay in implementation. Few studies measure actual knowledge of current evidence for practice. The objectives of the study reported here were to (a) describe current awareness of evidence for practice among registered massage therapists (RMTs) in Ontario and (b) identify the sources of information RMTs use to inform their awareness of current evidence and the reported importance and frequency of use for each source.

Methods: An online questionnaire-based mixed-methods cross-sectional study was conducted. Ontario RMTs were invited to participate. This report focuses on the quantitative analysis.

Results: In total, 1,762 questionnaires were included. Of seven sources of information provided, respondents rated cumulative professional experience as most important, followed by recent research studies and education. Cumulative professional experience also rated as most frequently used, followed by other RMTs and education.

Conclusions: There was a tendency for respondents to agree with positive statements about MT, or disagree with negative statements, regardless of correctness. The results suggest that RMTs need to improve their awareness of the current evidence for practice. Furthermore, cumulative professional experience was ranked most frequently used. This has the potential to not include the most current research. Improving communication of research findings to RMTs might improve awareness.

Keywords: massage therapy; questionnaire; research awareness; sources of information


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About the article

Received: 2015-02-10

Accepted: 2015-11-19

Published Online: 2015-12-08

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 41–49, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, ISSN (Print) 2194-6329, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2015-0006.

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