How the Neuro Outcomes CPG Informs Standardized Reporting and Best Care Practice
Section: Section on Research
Session Code: RE-2B-3348
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 208AB

Speaker(s):   Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA
  James Irrgang, PT, ATC, PhD, FAPTA
  Jane Sullivan, PT, DHS, MS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

As a part of improving the value of physical therapist services, APTA has a strategic objective to reduce unwarranted variation in care. A critical aspect of determining best practice is evaluating the efficacy of our interventions. To do this, we must reach agreement on the tools used to assess patient outcomes. Since 2006, the Section on Research Evaluation Database to Guide Effectiveness (EDGE) Taskforce has led the profession in this effort. Efforts by EDGE groups in the sections/academies have informed best practices in outcomes measurement. Recently, a clinical practice guideline (CPG) was developed that recommends a core set of 6 measures for use across neurologic practice. The CPG is supplemented by a knowledge translation effort that will provide tools and strategies to facilitate implementation into clinical practice. While the CPG was intended for use across neurologic practice, the core set of tools are not condition-specific, and thus may be used in other practice areas. Inclusion of the tools in the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry will allow therapists to contribute their data, taking us a step closer to determining best practices and reducing variation in care. This session will trace the development of efforts across APTA from EDGE through measure core sets. The speakers will discuss the critical role of clinicians in translation of core sets into clinical practice and describe current and future data collection efforts via the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry. The speakers will present a vision for utilizing tools such as the CPG and the Registry to achieve best practice with reduced variation in care.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Discuss the focus of the Section on Research Evaluation Database to Guide Effectiveness (EDGE) historical, current, and future efforts.

2. Describe the EDGE efforts across APTA academies/sections.

3. Describe how the clinical practice guideline on a core set of outcome measures may translate to clinical practice within Academy of Neurologic PT and across the profession.

4. Discuss the scope and current and future opportunities of the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry.

CEU: 0.2

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