• The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry works on a sophisticated information technology infrastructure that powers over 15 national association registries with the understanding that clinicians want to spend time with their patients—not entering data into yet another computer system.

    The Registry connects seamlessly with multiple third-party electronic health record (EHR)* systems to seamlessly and securely transfer data to an unprecedented database of patient episodes. After initial enrollment, little to no manual data entry is required.

    After enrollment is complete, your practice will be provided with software with read-only credentials that will integrate with your EHR's functionality. This will facilitate the transfer of data from your EHR into the Physical Therapy Registry. The software installation will require little to no extra work on the part of the practice—all of the technical work is handled by a Registry Client Account Manager.

    Once the software is installed, the extraction of data will have minimal impact on your practice's day to day activities. Over a 2- to 3-month period, your Client Account Manager will monitor your data flow and organize regular calls with your practice manager to review your data and explain the Registry dashboard and reports functions. This dashboard is the key to querying and visualizing your practice performance. Queries can be run on your own patient population, practice benchmarks, and areas that can be focused on for quality improvement purposes. Results can also be compared to the larger aggregated data.

    How It Works


    * Web portal manual data entry options are available for practices that do not utilize electronic health records.

    Modules Within the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry

    A module is a specific set of data elements to describe and risk-adjust process of care and clinical outcomes for a defined population of patients. For example, APTA is collaborating with the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy to develop a set of data elements for congenital muscular torticollis that includes neck movement and functional limitations, torticollis severity, and prognostic factors.

    Why are modules included in the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry?

    Modules offer the potential to inform and guide patient-centered physical therapist care by collecting and analyzing large amounts of data related to patient characteristics, classification, intervention, and outcomes for a specific population of patients. Detailed analyses can be performed to describe patterns of practice, variations of those practice patterns, and associated outcomes. Maximizing the strength of a large volume of Registry users will enable the development of risk-adjusted models to make accurate judgements about the effects of physical therapist care for specific patient populations. This will provide the unique opportunity for physical therapists to demonstrate an intervention's effectiveness or lack of effectiveness for a certain population.

    How are modules incorporated into the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry?

    The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry team is interested in working with groups, such as clinical practice guidelines workgroups, to incorporate modules of interest into the Registry. All potential modules will be reviewed and approved by the Scientific Advisory Panel before implementation within the Registry.

    To learn more about developing and implementing a module with the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry, contact the Registry director.

    Outcomes Instruments Currently Used in the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry

    The Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry will utilize a limited number of outcomes instruments. Currently, the following outcomes instruments are used in the registry:

    • AM-PAC*
    • Care Connections*
    • CARE
    • DASH
    • FOTO*
    • KOOS
    • LBP Disability Questionnaire
    • LEFS
    • NDI
    • PROMIS

    *For registry users currently holding a subscription to that instrument.

    If your organization utilizes an outcomes instrument other than those listed, your organization or group may petition the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry's Scientific Advisory Panel to include that outcomes instrument. All proposed instruments for inclusion must be reviewed and approved by the SAP. For more information, email registry@apta.org.

  • Last Updated: 4/13/2018
    Contact: registry@apta.org