Welcome to PTNow!
PTNow is where you live—striving to do the best for your patients, within the constraints of bigger and bigger caseloads, less and less time, and more and more information to look up and assess.
About the PTNow Project
PTNow's mission is to assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in day-to-day practice. Its official mission statement: "PTNow translates physical therapy knowledge into action, supports evidence-informed care, and helps clinicians improve their clinical decision making. PTNow promotes using the best available evidence to achieve optimal patient outcomes and enhances collaboration within the physical therapy profession."
PTNow is designed to:
- Make it easier for you to use the best available evidence in patient care
- Lead you to external resources that have been vetted for relevance and credibility
- Help you improve your efficiency
PTNow will be your multitool:
- Translation tool--for translating research to knowledge for practice
- Implementation tool--for implementing evidence in the evaluation and treatment of patients
- Collaboration tool--for sharing information and strategizing when evidence is lacking
PTNow has the long-term goals of helping the physical therapy profession:
- Reduce unwarranted variation in practice
- Demonstrate the value of physical therapist services to the health care system
APTA Thanks PTNow Founding Editors and Editorial Board
As PTNow.org moves into stage 2 of its development as APTA’s evidence-informed clinician portal, APTA thanks the founding editors and editorial board for their groundbreaking work on this unique resource.
In 2009, APTA’s Board of Directors approved development of a website portal to help make it easier for clinicians to access and use existing knowledge in patient care and improve practice behaviors based on evidence. Detailed interviews were conducted with APTA members and sections to identify the type of information clinicians most need to have at their fingertips. (More about Project History)
Shortly before PTNow’s beta launch in Fall 2011, Judith Deutsch, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, joined the project as co-chairs to guide the refinement of content and site features based on feedback from sections and users. They also formed an impressive editorial board of content experts to help shepherd new clinical summaries, test-and-measure summaries, and CPG+ features, applying the latest information about knowledge translation to practice.
APTA thanks the following individuals who served as editorial board members during stage 1 of this project:
Judith Deutsch, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Tara Jo Manal, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
James Cavanaugh, PT, PhD, Video
Todd Davenport, PT, PhD, Orthopedics & Sports
George D. Fulk, PT, PhD, Tests & Measures
Dianne V. Jewell, PT, DPT, PhD, FAACVPR, Cardiovascular/Pulmonary & Acute Care
Neva Kirk-Sanchez, PT, PhD, Geriatrics & Home Health
Sarah Westcott McCoy PT, PhD, FAPTA, Chief Clinical Summary Editor
Karen McCulloch, PT, PhD, NCS, Neurology, Oncology, & Women’s Health
James T. “Sunny” Mills III, PT, ECS, OCS, Interventions
Margo Orlin, PT, PhD, Pediatrics
Julie Tilson, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, Clinical Practice Guidelines, CPG+, & Cochrane Reviews
Robert Wellmon, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS, Interactivity & Analytics
Skulpan Asavasopon, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, Video
Mary Tischio Blackinton, PT, EdD, CEEAA, GCS, Interactivity
Sean Collins, PT, ScD, Tests & Measures
Jane Eason, PT, PhD, Cardiovascular/Pulmonary
Cathy Elrod, PT, PhD, Acute Care
Carol Figuers, PT, EdD, Women’s Health
Alyssa C. LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD, PCS, Pediatrics
Hilary B. Greenberger, PT, PhD, OCS, CPG+
Allyson Jones, PT, PhD, Geriatrics
Robert Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, Orthopedics & Sports
Paul Mintken, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Tests & Measures
Kim Nixon-Cave, PT, PhD, PCS, Tests & Measures
Susan Perry, PT, DPT, Neurology
Jane E. Sullivan, PT, DHS, Tests & Measures
Building on the strong foundation put in place by Deutsch, Manal, and their editorial board, APTA is now embarking on stage 2 of PTNow’s development, which will involve staff-appointed workgroups to carry on further development and practice implementation strategies.
APTA wants to find the best ways to support clinicians and build effective evidence-based resources to assist physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in day-to-day practice. PTNow began construction in 2010, came out of beta testing in 2013, and was intended to evolve over time. APTA's goal is to provide evidence-based resources for clinicians of the future. To give us feedback and tell us what would help YOU to easily access and apply evidence at the point of care, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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