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National Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Outcomes Database

National Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Outcomes Database
Orthopaedic Section, APTA, Inc.

One of the objectives in the Orthopaedic Section Strategic Plan is to develop a National Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Outcomes Database (NOPTOD). The purpose of the NOPTOD is to provide clinicians with a tool that they can use to assess their clinical performance. Additionally, information accumulated in the NOPTOD can be used to describe orthopaedic physical therapy practice and to provide evidence of the value of orthopaedic physical therapy.

As the first step in the development of the NOPTOD, the Orthopaedic Section is conducting several 6ÔÇÉmonth pilot projects to collect and analyze clinical and process outcome data for patients with pain in various body regions (neck, low back, knee, and shoulder). The purpose of this pilot project is to demonstrate the feasibility of collecting and analyzing outcomes data as well as to determine the usefulness of the information to enhance clinician performance and to establish the value of orthopaedic physical therapy. The results of the pilot study will be used to plan and determine the resources needed for an electronic data capture and analysis system for the NOPTOD. Ultimately, the NOPTOD will be a repository for clinical and process outcomes data for the most common conditions treated by orthopaedic physical therapists.

Click here for details regarding the Shoulder Disorders Pilot Project.  Data collection for the Shoulder has concluded and results have been sent to participants.  

Click here for details regarding the Knee Pain Pilot Project.  Data collection for the Knee has concluded and the data is being analyzed.   

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