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  • From PT in Motion: The Power and Potential of Clinical Registries

    To succeed in a value-based care environment, all health care providers—including physical therapists—must embrace accountability in the form of standardized patient outcomes data. Clinical outcomes registries are one way many health care professional societies and large health systems are doing so.

    This month’s issue of PT in Motion magazine includes a feature article on clinical outcomes registries such as APTA’s Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, including a look at how they work, and how practices can increase the power of their electronic health record (EHR) data to inform and improve patient care.

    "Strength in Numbers: The Power and Potential of Clinical Data Registries" explores how other medical professional societies are using registries to collect and analyze outcomes to improve patient care. Nicholas A. Vaganos, MD, a cardiologist whose employer participates in a clinical registry, tells PT in Motion, "When you pay attention to the data…it helps improve your treatment and your documentation."

    The registry directors interviewed for the article share examples of how the findings from large amounts of clinical data can revolutionize the way providers practice by providing real-time insights to supplement clinical practice guidelines. The article includes practical insights from physicians, quality experts, and an EHR software vendor on the nuts-and-bolts of participating in a registry.

    To find out more about APTA's Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, visit the registry website or email registry@apta.org.

    "Strength in Numbers: The Power and Potential of Clinical Data Registries" is featured in the November issue of PT in Motion and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them 1 of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.

    Mary Edmonds, Founding Director of Cleveland PT Program, Dies at 85

    Mary Louise McKinney Edmonds, PT, PhD, FAPTA, well respected for her personal strength, her love of study, and her commitment to physical therapy and minority affairs, died on October 11 at age 85.

    Edmonds began her career as a clinician, including treating children with disabilities in Butlerville, Indiana, but she eventually moved into academia. In 1972 she became the founding director of the Physical Therapy Program at Cleveland State University and later was chair of health sciences. In 1981 Edmonds left Cleveland for a position as dean of Bowling Green State University’s College of Health and Community Services. About 10 years later, she joined Stanford University as vice provost and dean of student affairs, where she stayed until retiring from Stanford and in 2000 returning to her alma mater, Spelman College, as special assistant to the president.

    Throughout her career, Edmonds continued to be a student as well as an educator. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Spelman, she earned her first graduate degree, in physical therapy, from the University of Wisconsin, then a master’s degree from Western Reserve University (later to become Case Western University). She earned a second master’s degree and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Edmonds’ academic interest was what now is known as cultural competency, and she helped pioneer the study of how behaviors, attitudes, and policies affect the health outcomes of aged black women. She presented over 60 professional papers and was a visiting scholar in the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, China, and former Yugoslavia.

    Edmonds had leadership roles in over 30 organizations and received over 20 honors and awards for her service, including 2 honorary doctorates. APTA named her a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1995.

    Memorial contributions can be made to the Mary M. Edmonds Scholarship fund at Bowling Green State University.