Author(s): Shields RK, Leo KC, Miller B, Dostal WF, Barr R
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Abstract Clinical practice databases are frequently used to assess outcomes in various medical specialties. Formulating a computerized physical therapy medical record requires standardization of clinical assessments among the users. The purpose of this article is to describe an acute care physical therapy database system that emphasizes high-quality measures of function. The logic underlying the development of a physical therapy computerized medical record is described. Selected uses of the database are demonstrated by projects that assess data quality, generate clinical hypotheses, manage clinical data, develop clinical measures, and generate pilot data on patient variability. Patients seen in physical therapy for total joint replacement, pain, and decreased ambulation were studied to demonstrate some of the present capabilities of the database. Clinical practice databases contribute to the overall research mission, provided the data are of high quality. The use of databases in conjunction with randomized clinical trials may serve an important role in determining effective physical therapy interventions to reduce disability.
This article was published in Phys Ther
and referenced in Journal of Novel Physiotherapies