Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice, Equitable Services, and Global Outreach
In 2020, Dr. Barlow conducted a research study to examine the efficacy of the mentorship program. The results demonstrated that the program improved therapists’ perceptions of their clinical confidence. Mentees reported that the mentorship program helped with accessing resources, provided up-to-date information, and assisted with selecting treatment approaches, which supported their requests for evidence-based practice. The results of the study were published in the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Bulletin in January 2022.
The mentorship program has proved to be a much-needed service, and the goal is that it will continue to be sustainable and increase access to more therapists around the world. To that end, a proposal has been submitted to the WFOT for the organization to adopt the mentorship program. Eventually, Dr. Barlow hopes the program can expand to offer regional meetings in different languages and time zones.
Dr. Barlow is passionate about global outreach and the importance of mentorship. In 2020, she presented on the mentorship program at the International Conference on Integrated Care, and the abstract was published in the International Journal of Care in 2021. In August 2022, she presented on the mentorship program at the WFOT Congress in Paris, France, and met with mentors and mentees from the program. Dr. Barlow has dedicated her time and expertise to the advancement of occupational therapy.