• A module is a condition- or disease-specific set of data elements to describe and risk-adjust process of care and clinical outcomes for a defined patient population. For example, the Orthopaedic Section of APTA has developed a set of data elements focusing on the classification and diagnosis of, and interventions for neck pain.

    Why are modules included in the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry?
    Modules can 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 patient population. Detailed analyses can be performed to describe typical practice patterns, variations of those practice patterns, and associated outcomes.

    Greater volumes of PT Outcomes Registry episodes of care will enable the development of stronger risk-adjusted models to make accurate judgements about the effectiveness of physical therapist care for specific patient populations.

    How are modules incorporated into the Physical Therapy Outcomes Registry?
    The PT Outcomes Registry team is interested in working with groups, such as APTA specialty section clinical practice guideline work groups, to incorporate modules of interest into the Registry. Team members will assist groups in identifying appropriate data elements in relation to the module and determining the best ways of extracting those elements from electronic health records. The Scientific Advisory Panel will evaluate the proposed module, its goals, and feasibility of data extraction and approve any implementation within the Registry.

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

  • Last Updated: 6/22/2017
    Contact: registry@apta.org