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National Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Outcomes Database -
Shoulder Disorders Pilot Project

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

The data collected during the pilot project will be based on the ICF-Based Shoulder Pain and Mobility Deficits Clinical Practice Guidelines that were published by the Orthopaedic Section in the September 2013 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and also the Staged Approach for Rehabilitation Classification: Shoulder Disorders published in Physical Therapy, May 2015. The purpose of this pilot project is to demonstrate the feasibility of collecting and analyzing outcomes data as well as 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.

The pilot project to collect and analyze the outcomes of patients with shoulder disorders that receive treatment by Orthopaedic Section members will make use of paper-based forms. Data that will be collected includes information related to the episode of care (duration of care, number of visits), patient characteristics (age, sex, height, weight, comorbidities), symptoms, examination findings, treatment classification, interventions and outcomes (Penn Shoulder Score, numeric pain rating). 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 individuals 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, 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 shoulder disorders pilot project will run from October 1, 2015 to March 31, 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 enter the data.

For additional details describing participation in the Shoulder Disorders Pilot Program, please click here and you will be directed to a recorded webinar that was held on Tuesday Sept 22, 2015.

Data analysis has concluded and results were sent to project participants on January 25, 2017.  For information on how to interpret your results, please click here and you will be directed a recorded webinar that was held on March 28, 2017.  

Click here for a sample copy of the Case Report Form
Click here for the Manual of Operating Procedures
Click here for a copy of the power point displayed during the introductory webinar

Please contact Leah Vogt at the Section Office for questions regarding the Shoulder Disorders Pilot Project:

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