Threading Evidence-Based Practice and Functional Outcome Measures Into PTA Education
Contemporary preparation, as defined by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), reflects the minimum skill required for entry-level preparation of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) and the needs of the area workforce as documented by the program, plus requires preparation for evidence-based practice (EBP). Contemporary practice in all areas of therapy rely heavily on the use of reliable and valid tests and measures to substantiate treatment. Incorporating EBP and functional outcome measures into an already fast-paced PTA program can be difficult. In this session, speakers will challenge academic and clinical education faculty to think beyond what they may be teaching PTA students about EBP and functional outcome measures and create meaningful activities to equip PTAs to provide support in this area. APTAÕs PTNow Librarian will lead attendees in using PTNow.org. Attendees will search for resources relevant to contemporary practice, including research articles, Cochrane systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines, and instruments. By sharing this new knowledge, educators will improve the PTA graduate's ability to partner with their supervisory physical therapist in reaching optimal patient outcomes. Attendees should bring their own devices for searching.