The following resources are provided to help you understand and narrow the gap between the best available evidence and current practice.
PTNow is APTA's evidence-based practice web portal. Its easy-to-use resources help PTs and PTAs to find clinically relevant information of typically treated conditions These resources include:
ArticleSearch provides members easy access to journals and other resources relevant to clinical practice, including free access to full-text research articles from more than 4,500 clinical and academic publications.
Largely written by APTA members, these summaries synthesize evidence on managing specific conditions in different populations.
Tests and Measures.
APTA has secured permission for members to download dozens [or hundreds?] of tests, tools, and measurement instruments for patient examination withiin their facilities.
Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are systematically developed statements to guide clinicians in using the best available evidence in patient care. PTNow has links to a collection of CPGs that are specifically chosen for the physical therapy profession.
The Cochrane Library hosts systematic reviews of research. PTNow has links to a collection of these systematic reviews that are specifically chosen for the physical therapy profession.
Rehabilitation Reference Center.
The Rehabilitation Reference Center has extensive clinical reviews, medication information, patient education handouts, and exercise images for patient distribution.
"Clinical practice guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options. Rather than dictating a one-size-fits-all approach to patient care, clinical practice guidelines offer an evaluation of the quality of the relevant scientific literature and an assessment of the likely benefits and harms of a particular treatment."
– Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust
Institute of Medicine, March 2011
Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association
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