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  • PTNow: Easier, Better, Faster, Stronger

    Think PTNow.org has made it easier to use evidence in patient care? The PTNow Editorial Board has something to say about that: you ain't seen nothin' yet.

    A July 29–31 meeting of the board brought together 22 board members representing acute care, cardiovascular and pulmonary, geriatrics, home health, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports, and women’s health with social media and video experts and APTA staff to assess PTNow’s progress and look to the future. PTNow cochairs Judy Deutsch, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, led discussions and breakout sessions geared toward finding the best and quickest way to help clinicians apply evidence and improve patient and client outcomes.

    In an APTA video dispatch, Deutsch highlighted major developments over the past year, including integration of APTA’s Open Door service, now known as PTNow ArticleSearch, into the PTNow site for seamless access to full-text articles in a variety of literature databases; launch of PTNow’s blog, including features such as "All Evidence Considered," with a primary goal of talking about what to do when evidence is weak or doesn’t exist; and launch of CPG+ (see CPG+ torticollis guidelines for an example), a translation aid that provides highlights of clinical practice guidelines and guidance about what changes clinicians can make immediately based on a guideline.

    According to Deutsch, PTNow users can look forward to more enhancements over the next year, including increased resources on intervention. "That’s one of the areas where PTs probably want the most help," she said. "We’re going to synthesize information about intervention and animate it with videos. Our video repertoire is going to be much richer."

    In addition, Deutsch said, education and outreach efforts will "explode in terms of mini-sessions on the site and targeted presentations to all kinds of audiences—clinicians, educators, and even clinicians in training, [who] are our students."

    When it comes to reactions to PTNow, "people can’t believe that this resource exists," Deutsch said. "People are finding the synthesis products to be very relevant to their practice. They're excited about it, and they always give us suggestions for improving it, and that's exactly what we are doing—we're dynamically trying to change and respond."

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