The Otago Exercise Program: Training for Physical Therapists is an online course that aims to train physical therapists
to integrate the Otago Exercise Program as part of their practice. It is
intended to be used in combination with the Otago Exercise Program Manual
available as an attachment in this course.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention was a key stakeholder whose efforts led to the development of the
program manual and this online training format. APTA member Terry Shea, PT, GCS, NCS, has led the effort to translate Otago for use in the United
States. She was instrumental in providing content and expertise for creating
this online manual and training.
"Fall Risk in Community-Dwelling Elders," a clinical summary in PTNow authored by APTA
member Tiffany Shubert, PT, PhD, cites the Otago Exercise Program and links to
the program's manual. APTA members also can find a reference to the Otago
Exercise Program in PTNow's clinical case on a 70-year-old
woman who was referred to a physical therapist for her knee pain and expresses
concern about falling. PTNow, APTA's clinician website portal developed in
collaboration with sections, moved out of beta in January.
course is approximately 3 hours and can be started and stopped at the user's
convenience. The cost is $25. Completers get 3 contact hours.
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