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  • New PTNow Blog Starts the Conversation About Evidence in Practice

    There's a lot of talk out there about bringing evidence into practice. So how about a conversation?

    APTA has launched a new blog on its PTNow.org website aimed at energizing thought and sparking dialogue about the role of evidence-informed practice in physical therapy. The blog will provide physical therapists (PTs) with a place to have ongoing discussions about how to move information synthesis into practice reality—from implementing changes in a patient-centered environment, to keeping up with the latest practice strategies, to finding out how other specialties are approaching the challenge.

    The blog is intended to be provocative and dynamic: Readers are encouraged to react, engage, and share their own experiences and ideas.

    The blog is part of an expanded, interactive PTNow website intended to serve as the best single place for PTs to find the evidence they need to enhance practice, and to engage peers and experts in relevant discussions. The PTNow blog joins a suite of PTNow resources including clinical summaries, tests and measures, case examples, clinical practice guidelines and Cochrane Reviews, and PTNow ArticleSearch, a revamped version of the search resource formerly known as Open Door.

    APTA Candidate Information Now Posted

    Candidates for APTA elected positions have been announced and APTA members can learn more about them at the association's candidate webpage.

    The webpage includes links to candidate statements and biographical information for each member running for APTA Treasurer, Speaker of the House, Director (3 positions), and Nominating Committee (2 positions). Elections will be held at the APTA House of Delegates session in June.

    Candidates are:

    • For Treasurer – Elmer Platz, PT (New Jersey)
    • For Speaker – Susan R. Griffin, PT, DPT, MS, GCS (Wisconsin); William F. McGehee, PT, MHS (Florida)
    • For Director (3 positions available) - Jeremy S. Angaran, PT, DPT, OCS (Hawaii); Susan A. Appling, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS (Tennesse); Jennifer E. Green-Wilson, PT, MBA, EdD (New York); Matthew R. Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA (New York); Kathleen K. Mairella, PT, DPT, MA (New Jersey); Sheila K. Nicholson, PT, DPT, JD, MBA, MA (Florida)
    • For Nominating Committee (2 positions available) - Susan M. Chalcraft, PT, MS (Washington); Secili H. DeStefano, PT, DPT, OCS (Virginia); Linda K. Eargle, PT, DPT, CEEAA, MinEd (Florida); Dode Jackson, PT (Washington)

    More information on the elections process and links to related governance resources can be found on the Nominations and Elections webpage. Contact Amber Neil with any questions.

    Looking For Evidence? Open the Door to PTNow ArticleSearch

    For physical therapists (PTs) looking to put evidence into practice, life just got a little better: APTA has retooled one of its most popular evidence-based practice (EBP) resources to make it easier to find and more intuitive to use.

    Open Door, the search tool that puts PTs in touch with the latest in EBP, has been relocated to PTNow.org and renamed PTNow ArticleSearch. PTNow ArticleSearch maintains all the functionality of Open Door, and allows APTA members to track favorite research topics, access APTA section journals, and analyze interventions through ProQuest's Medical Evidence Matters service. All old links to Open Door will redirect to the new site.

    The change is part of an effort to further strengthen PTNow as the physical therapy profession's best single tool to help PTs find the evidence they need to enhance practice. PTNow ArticleSearch joins a suite of PTNow resources including clinical summaries, tests and measures, case examples, clinical practice guidelines and Cochrane Reviews, and a new blog that will help keep the site dynamic and interactive.

    Questions? Need more information? Contact the PTNow ArticleSearch staff.

    2014 PQRS Changes Discussed

    The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) has changed for 2014, and physical therapists (PTs) need to understand what's different. APTA provides the resources that will keep you up-to-date.

    APTA is producing podcasts that address both the overall changes and changes to individual measures in PQRS, including current medications (#130), pain assessment (#131), falls plan of care (#155), and functional outcome assessment (#182).

    Transcripts for these podcasts are available now, and the audio portions of the podcasts will be posted in early February. The podcasts and other resources can be found on APTA's PQRS webpage.