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  • APTA Launches Redesigned Consumer Website

    Consumers looking for information about treatment by a physical therapist will now have an easier time finding it.

    Last week, APTA unveiled a significant redesign of its official consumer information website, MoveForwardPT.com, which now includes a simplified color palette and a “responsive design” that adjusts to fit tablets and smartphones.

    The redesign also includes adjustments to the site’s navigational architecture, improving access to popular resources like the twice-monthly podcast “Move Forward Radio,” videos, patient stories, and the “Did You Know?” section.

    The backbone of the consumer site remains the ever-growing list of almost 90 symptoms and conditions guides, which are developed by the MoveForwardPT.com editorial board. New to the site is the “Health Centers” area, still in development, which groups the site’s varied resources by audience or activity.

    “This is the most significant redesign of the site since 2011,” said Jason Bellamy, APTA’s director of web and new media. “Content at MoveForwardPT.com has markedly increased in volume and diversity in recent years and, simply put, we’d outgrown the old site and needed the capacity for further expansion.”

    Traffic to MoveForwardPT.com has grown along with the site itself – most recently increasing from 227,704 unique visitors in 2012 to 547,607 in 2013.

    Support from APTA members would help the site reach an even larger audience.

    “MoveForwardPT.com has matured into an expansive resource that members can use to share the value of physical therapy with existing or potential patients and clients,” said Felicity Clancy, APTA vice president of communications and marketing. “The more that members share links to MoveForwardPT.com, via social media or their own websites, the more the site’s traffic will increase, thereby increasing awareness of the brand, as well as the site’s ranking within search engines like Google and Bing.”

    Members with questions about using MoveForwardPT.com resources or contributing to the site’s development should contact Katie Kissal, senior web content specialist for MoveForwardPT.com.

    PTNow Blog: New Podcast Focuses on Realities of Putting Evidence Into Practice

    Putting evidence into practice isn't as simple as handing out a couple journal articles at an in-service training, according to Susan Perry, PT, DPT, NCS. It takes time, follow-up, and a few "clinical champions" who are in it for the long haul.

    Perry shared her perspective on knowledge translation with PTNow Associate Editor Mary Blackinton, PT, EdD, GCS, in the first-ever edition of "All Evidence Considered," a new podcast series from PTNow. Perry recently co-authored the article "Supporting clinical practice behavior change among neurologic physical therapists: a case study in knowledge translation," published in the April 2014 issue of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy (Neurology Section log-in or journal subscription required for full-text access). The podcast can be accessed through a link in the latest PTNow blog post.

    In the podcast, Perry says that although the profession has generally gotten better at accessing evidence-based resources and understanding how to read journal articles, "that's been the end of it—knowing the evidence. I don't believe that we as a profession have progressed to understanding how to use the evidence, even though that's what evidence-based practice is."

    Perry talks about her experiences in implementing non-supported gait training for patients with brain injuries and stroke, and the strategies used to ensure that the evidence was not just shared and tried a few times, but integrated into PT practice at her facility. She says that in order for true knowledge translation to take place, clinician behavior must be tracked over time, with at least quarterly meetings to share progress and barriers with the entire group.

    Equally important, Perry stresses in the podcast, is the presence of one or more "change agents" who can adopt the new idea and lead others to follow through. "You need a clinical champion," she says. "You need someone to make it their business to try this approach."

    What's your opinion on how to apply evidence to practice? Listen to "All Evidence Considered," then join the conversation about Perry's podcast by commenting at the PTNow blog site.

    Watch for the New PT in Motion

    APTA members are in for a surprise come June 1: a completely redesigned PT in Motion magazine that's more lively, readable and valuable to physical therapists (PTs), physical therapists assistants (PTAs), and students.

    The new look was shaped in large part by member comments and suggestions. Look for a more colorful and graphics-based publication, with additional emphasis on resources and tools to help you in your day-to-day activities.

    PT in Motion content continues to evolve as well, and is shaped by the current challenges facing the profession. The upcoming issue of the magazine is a good example of that evolution: because of the growing recognition of the importance of evidence-based practice—and based on member suggestions—PT in Motion will feature stories on evidence-based practice in outpatient settings and on PTNow, APTA’s clinical practice website.

    Next week in News Now: the big changes in store for PT in Motion’s departments and columns.

    NEXT Advance Registration Discounts End May 14

    Beware the ides of May—because if you haven't registered for the NEXT Conference and Exposition by the day before, you'll have missed out on saving some money.

    May 14 is the last day to save on registration fees for NEXT, APTA's spring meeting with a focus on the future of physical therapy being held June 11-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Registration and housing information can be found on the NEXT webpage along with a schedule of presentations, preconference sessions, and special programs.