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A Research Agenda for Therapeutic Recreation Revisited

Barbara Wilhite, M. Jean Keller, John R. Collins, Jr., Sharon Jacobson


The purpose of this research was to determine therapeutic recreation (TR) efficacy research areas of importance to members of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society (NTRS). Additionally, the study sought to determine how past TR research priorities compared with current priorities. Replicating portions of Carruthers' 1997/98 study, a Delphi technique was used to identify research items of highest priority to NTRS members (N = 131). Top ranked items emphasized TR's impact on client- and health care-specific outcomes. Nine new research priorities were identified. Some TR research items pertaining to newer populations and environments were notably absent, however. Overall, agreement of items indicated that areas exist for collaborating to advance a research agenda in TR and provided direction for the allocation of research funds.


Therapeutic Recreation, Research Priorities, Delphi Technique

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