From helping physical therapy faculty move their courses online to conducting a webinar on providing acute care physical therapy during a pandemic, association chapters and sections are keeping the profession informed and creating an impressive array of tools.
"We are going through this, day by day, doing our best to make a positive impact on society in a moment in time when there are no easy solutions."
That's how APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, described the physical therapy community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And APTA's components — its sections, academies, and chapters — as well as its councils and academic groups, have been taking on the challenge by offering resources informed by their particular perspectives and expertise.
Here's a roundup of just some of what's available so far from APTA components.
[Editor's note: offerings from these and other APTA components are growing by the day — APTA's Chapters and Sections webpage provides direct links to all component websites.]
American Council of Academic Physical Therapy's COVID-19 Response Webpage
ACAPT's webpage collects a wealth of information, both from the council and related organizations including APTA, with a focus on online and distance learning. The place to go for lots of great information from individual universities and faculty members.
APTA Colorado: Coronavirus Information for Providers
The regularly updated site from APTA Colorado includes key information from local public health agencies, small business resources, and opportunities to volunteer. Another recent addition: a slide deck from a presentation on physical therapist practice and mechanical ventilation.
APTA Geriatrics Webinar: Resources for Teaching Online Geriatric Content
This webinar, which was held March 19 but is now available as a recording, is targeted at PTs and PTAs in academic programs who teach geriatric content and are interested in resources and strategies for delivering this content online. Topics include how to continue with labs and practicals, as well as online test-taking.
California Physical Therapy Association: COVID-19 Webpage
The California Chapter provides a mix of information specific to California and more general resources and guidance, including a recorded webinar on social distancing and APTA resources on telehealth. Upcoming: a March 26 virtual meeting, "Telehealth: Moving Digital Practice Forward in Physical Therapy."
HPA The Catalyst: COVID-19 Updates and Resources
APTA's component focused on health policy administration offers a COVID-19 webpage featuring an in-depth set of questions and answers related to telehealth and physical therapy, as well as links to a source for free access to an on-demand patient record retrieval service and a compiled listing of audio and video telecommunications services, an excel file that helps you sort out telehealth and e-visit vendors that may be a good fit for your practice.
APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy: COVID-19 Updates
The Academy's website has been reconfigured with a focus on COVID-19 and includes regular updates. Special features on the site: a multi-resource update on providing pediatric physical therapy via telehealth, and updates on the status of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA—as various legislative relief packages are being worked out on Capitol Hill.
APTA Private Practice Section: Critical Resources for Managing Your Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Private Practice Section's extensive resources include frequently updated information on telehealth, plus perspectives on topics including cash flow modeling, paid sick leave, and making determinations around what is and isn't "essential care." The section has also created a special open-access issue of its Impact magazine solely devoted to COVID-19.
APTA Rhode Island: Updates Regarding COVID-19
The Rhode Island Chapter's COVID-19 page is arranged in an easy-to-follow format that divides regularly updated content into various buckets: telehealth, APTA statements, outpatient practice resources, school-based physical therapy resources, and more. Latest additions include resources on home care, with a section on care for the elderly coming in the near future.
FiRST Council Telehealth Discussion Board
Since its inception, APTA's Frontiers in Rehabilitation, Science, and Technology Council has been at the forefront of the conversation around telehealth in physical therapy. Its discussion board remains the go-to for insight and illuminating exchanges on what has become a crucial topic.
Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy and HPA, The Catalyst webinar: Acute Care Physical Therapy and COVID-19 — How Can We Add the Greatest Value?
The APTA sections focused on acute care and health policy joined forces to deliver a March 19 webinar, now available as a recording that takes a close look at how to provide the best care in hospitals in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include managing and triaging physical therapy resources, caring for the critically ill, physical therapy in the ED and more. The slide presentation from the webinar is also available for download.