The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice 3.0 by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is now available in an online format and also features new information and resources. The new online only resource aims to offer more dynamic content while continuing to deliver the most comprehensive description of an evolving profession, according to an APTA news release. The newest version of the guide is focused on physical therapists (PT) and physical therapist assistants (PTA). The guide is available for free to the public until September 30.
Lisa Saladin, PT, PhD, who contributed to the revision of the Guide, states, “It was a long process, but we did want to get it right.” Saladin says the revisions moved from staff to volunteer subject matters to the work group, with the end result being a “really dynamic” experience that will deliver current information. The new guide also allows users to dive more deeply into evidence-based practice resources and in-depth visual supports through direct online access to PTNow and other offerings, as indicated on the APTA news release.
Saladin says users will “feel the similarities, but they’re going to see the differences.” With a focus on PTs and PTAs, the content of the updated guide moves away from material geared towards administrators, policy makers, third-party payors, and other professionals, according to APTA. An overview of other significant similarities and differences between the current and previous guides is included on the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice webpage.
After September 30, the new guide will be free for APTA members and available to nonmembers via an annual subscription.