Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry (PTOR) Task Force


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Size of Appointed Group

1 Board Chair; 8 members


Members of this task force should possess, in the aggregate, the following characteristics:

  • An appreciation of the importance of outcomes of physical therapy interventions in meeting the goals of the profession
  • Experience dealing with large electronic data sets
  • An understanding of the purpose of functional measures in responding to policy questions
  • Experience in managing a large physical therapy clinic or a network of clinics
  • An understanding of the payment system for physical therapy
  • An understanding of the role of physical therapy in the current health care system
  • An understanding of electronic health records and health information technologies and their role in data collection and registry development
  • A knowledge of patient assessment instruments, quality measures and outcomes research
  • Knowledge of the type of reports that would have to be generated that could result in the enhancement of the quality of the provision of physical therapy services
  • An understanding of marketing principles
  • Business acumen to contribute to the development of pricing strategies
  • Knowledge of the Patient Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the use of functional measures
  • The ability to be productive as part of a group with expertise covering a number of areas


For the period of August 2013 to December 31, 2014 the Board of Directors' determined charge for the PTOR Task Force is:

  • finalizing a core data set,
  • identifying global outcomes measures and specific outcome measures that may be incorporated into the registry,
  • serving in an advisory role on a business plan, and
  • providing strategic counsel with Outcome Sciences in the development and implementation stages of a registry in physical therapy.

All APTA appointed groups are asked to conduct their work with the Association's Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), patient registries are an organized system that uses observational study methods to collect uniform data to evaluate for scientific, clinical, or policy purposes (2007). Registries potentially can also impact provider behavior and support health care decisions made by the provider and the patient. The importance of a registry to physical therapy is that it can likely demonstrate the value of the provision of physical therapy services, as well as information on practice that can be utilize to assess current patterns.

Recognizing this value, the Board of Directors recently awarded a contract to Outcome, Inc. to develop an outcomes registry for physical therapy. To ensure that Outcome, Inc. can design and implement this registry in the most efficient manner, an Outcomes Registry Task Force is being created. This Task Force shall provide input from individuals whose expertise spans a wide array of topics that are relevant to the creation of the registry.

Additional Information

BOD Chair: Nicole Stout, PT, MPT, CLT-LANA
Staff Liaison: Marc Goldstein, EdD, senior advisor, clinical practice and research and Justin Moore, PT, DPT vice president, public policy, practice and professional affairs

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