Incorporating evidence-based practice and functional outcome measures into an already fast-paced physical therapist assistant program can be difficult. In this 2-part session, presenters 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. Part 1 was presented by Kim Snyder, PTA, MEd, earlier in the series. In Part 2 APTA’s senior information resources specialist will guide attendees thru APTA’s Evidence-Based Practice Resources (formerly PTNow). Attendees will learn about resources relevant to contemporary practice, including clinical practice guidelines, Cochrane systematic reviews, outcome measures, and synthesized content, plus gain searching tips they can share with students. With this new knowledge, educators will improve the PTA graduate's ability to partner with their supervisory physical therapist in reaching optimal patient outcomes.


Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS, is the senior information resources specialist and APTA Article Search Librarian at the American Physical Therapy Association, where she has provided database instruction to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of both since 2002. She introduced Open Door: APTA’s Portal to Evidence-Based Practice in 2006, transitioned the area to PTNow: Tools for Advancing Physical Therapist Practice in 2014, and in 2020 to under the new name APTA Article Search. She launched the “Ask-A-Librarian” searching labs at APTA’s national conferences in 2011. Blodgett Birchett has also worked on the following evidence project teams at APTA: Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, Hooked on Evidence, APTA Connect, and "Writing Case Reports: A How To Manual for Clinicians," 3rd ed. A graduate of George Washington University and the Catholic University of America, Blodgett Birchett shares more than 2 decades of extensive experience in searching for evidence with APTA members, students, and other clinicians in easy-to-remember clinical language.

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Review recorded content, complete assessment with at least a 70% score, claim certificate and CEUs

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Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS

Learning objectives

(1) Explain the scope of each of the databases presented.

(2) Select the best database or synthesized resource for class projects.

(3) Conduct basic Boolean or PICO searches implementing tools designed to produce on-target results.


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The following credits are available upon completion of these activities.

Total credits:  0.1
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Enrollment:Prior to  12/31/2022