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National Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Outcomes Database - Knee Pain Pilot Project

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

The knee pain pilot project will be done using paper based data collection forms. Data that will be collected includes information related to episode of care (duration of care, number of visits), patient characteristics (age, sex, height, weight, comorbidities), symptoms, examination findings, diagnostic classification, interventions, and outcomes. Completed forms will be submitted to the Orthopaedic Section office for data entry and analysis. The data will be summarized to determine completeness of data collection, accuracy of the treatment classification, adherence to evidence based treatment guidelines, and an assessment of patient outcomes. A summary of personal results will be provided to all Section members that contribute cases to the outcomes database. Additionally, to permit comparison with peers across the country, a summary will be provided to compare an individuals results with the results of all others that submitted data to the outcomes database. All results will be reported anonymously.

Participation in this pilot project is voluntary and open to all physical therapist members of the Orthopaedic Section. Individuals wishing to participate in the pilot project should submit a registration form to the Orthopaedic Section office. The registration form includes the physical therapists name, date of entry level degree, advanced degrees, completion of residencies and/or fellowships, ABPTS specialist certification, and practice setting and address. Once the registration form is submitted, the Orthopaedic Section office will assign physical therapist and practice identification numbers that are to be included on the individual case report forms for each patient submitted to the database.

The period for collecting and reporting data for the knee pain pilot project will run from June 1 through November 30, 2016. Data should be collected and recorded throughout the course of care provided to patients. Retrospective chart reviews of patients treated prior to the data collection period will not be eligible for inclusion in the pilot project. To protect patient confidentiality, no patient identifiers should be included on the data collection forms. Completed forms will be submitted to the Orthopaedic Section office, where the Section staff will input the data.

Registration Information

Data collection has begun however, we are still accepting registrations! To obtain the registration form for the project, please e-mail Leah Vogt, Executive Assistant at the Orthopaedic Section:  Please use the subject line "NOPTOD Knee Pilot Project".

Click here to view the introductory webinar held on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. 

Click here to view the results webinar held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Click here to view the PowerPoint shown during the webinar.   

Click here for the Manual of Operations and Procedures

Click here for a sample of the Case Report Forms. 

To participate in the knee pain pilot project, members of the Orthopaedic Section must complete and submit a registration form to the Orthopaedic Section office. Upon reciept and review of the registration form, the Orthopaedic Section will issue a physial therapist identification number as well as a clinic/facility identification number. These numbers will be placed on individualized Case Report Forms that will be sent to you for your use to submit data to the NOTOPD.

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