"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Spanish OPTIMAL available for Physical Therapists

I like the OPTIMAL scale.

I use it enough to need a spanish translation - you can get a copy of it here (Links or Forms page).

Remember to request copyright permission from the APTA to use it in your clinic.

Like many things, it is not a perfect solution for outpatient physical therapists looking for outcome scales.

The shortcomings of the OPTIMAL are well-described here.

The best critique of the OPTIMAL is that better alternatives exist.

Like a 50-year old dowager waiting for perfect love the quest for 'the one' can leave us frustrated.

Since only 48% of physical therapists currently use outcomes measures it seems like many PTs are waiting for 'the one'. (PHYS THER 2009 89: 125-135)

This spanish version is not 'the one' but it may be a step closer to getting a majority of physical therapists to use outcome measures.

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