Update on clinical tools from our knowledge broker

I am happy to share the following updates regarding the following sample of Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker facilitated projects:

1. Achilles Tendinopathy Toolkit:  Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Alex Scott’s student Alexandra Kobza, the Achilles Tendinopathy Toolkit has been updated with key literature published since the release of the toolkit in 2012. In addition, a manuscript has recently been submitted for publication providing the results of an evaluation on the impact of the toolkit on BC physiotherapists knowledge, attitudes and practice for Achilles Tendinopathy. Finally, both the work of this toolkit and the Lateral Epicondyle Tendinopathy Toolkit are being submitted for a presentation on knowledge translation strategies at the upcoming International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists Conference.

2. Lateral Epicondyle Tendinopathy Toolkit: Currently being updated with the key literature since its release in June 2013.

3. Total Joint Arthroplasty and Outcome Measures Toolkit: This toolkit was recently added to those on the international Physiopedia website with ‘buttons’ to permit feedback from readers. The online learning modules are in their final stages – the last 2 videos are being edited and then after all modules have completed external review, they will be available for therapists worldwide. A proposal has been submitted to CPA to include a session on how to use the toolkit during  this year’s Congress in Victoria. Finally, a second manuscript is in preparation.
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4. Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Safe and Effective Mobilization (AECOPD-Mob):  This clinical decision-making tool was developed and refined after focus group evaluation.  Additional funding has enabled the development of further knowledge translation strategies, with clinician and nursing colleagues from  at Fraser Health, Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health – specifically (1) creation of an app in conjunction with technology partner QxMD and (2) construction of online learning modules in concert with the Center of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation (CESEI).  Valuable input on the preliminary components of the learning modules was provided by participants at a workshop during the most recent CPA Congress.

5. Physical Activity Support Kit Initiative (PASKI) Move More. Sit Less: The results of the survey to interdisciplinary health care providers have been analyzed and the survey for patients and families living with chronic disease has been disseminated. UBC MPT students will be working with Dr. Alex Scott, Dr. Marie Westby and other members of the PASKI team to analyze the patient survey responses. The Working Groups for each disease category are continuing their impressive work cataloguing and evaluating each of the resources. The resources with the highest scores will then be submitted to members of the Advisory Committee to ensure that the resources are in synchrony with the evidence. Recent additional support from students at SFU and UBC are helping to significantly ‘move’ the project forward.  A complete list of over 100 people contributing to the project is available on our website