Electronic Outcome Measures

Outcomes are increasingly becoming the currency of modern health care.

With the evolution towards evidence-based practice in the health sciences, objective measures of outcome are important to provide credible and reliable justification for treatment. 

Find out how electronic outcome measures (eOM) can inform your own clinical practice...

An outcome measure is the result of a test used to objectively determine the baseline function of a patient at the beginning of treatment. Once treatment has commenced, the same measure can be used to determine progress and treatment efficacy.

Outcome measures provide a means to define treatment goals and track patient progress. Physiotherapists have been using them for many years to great effect. In fact, physiotherapists lead in the use of outcome measures across Canada. But we're not sharing them, and that means the collective data isn't being maximized.  

Effective October 28th, 2017 CPA no longer offers a subsidy on FOTO. As a market leader in outcomes measurement, CPA will continue our relationship with FOTO and believe that electronic outcomes measurement will help shape the future of improved patient care. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Mensch at lauramensch@fotoinc.com. Thank you.


PABC/CPA Electronic Medical Records Toolkit

Many thanks to the generosity of our provincial branch partners in British Columbia!

Are you interested in going paperless and switching to Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), but aren’t sure where to start?

Learn step-by-step how to use EMRs in your practice, from idea to optimization.

  • This Toolkit is based on physician experience and general EMR best practice contextualized into the private practice physiotherapy environment.
  • This Toolkit will help you have a clear expectation of what the EMR can provide, how it changes your clinic’s workflow, and a discussion of common challenges.


Measuring outcomes is an important component of physiotherapy practice

They are important in direct management of individual patient care and for the opportunity they provide the profession in collectively comparing care and determining effectiveness.

The use of standardized tests and measures early in an episode of care establishes the baseline status of the patient/client, providing a means to quantify change in the patient's/client's functioning. Outcome measures, along with other standardized tests and measures used throughout the episode of care, as part of periodic reexamination, provide information about whether predicted outcomes are being realized. As the patient/client reaches the termination of physical therapy services and the end of the episode of care, the physical therapist measures the outcomes of the physical therapy services.

Standardized outcome measures provide a common language with which to evaluate the success of physical therapy interventions, thereby providing a basis for comparing outcomes related to different intervention approaches. Measuring outcomes of care within the relevant components of function, including body functions and structures, activity, and participation, among patients/clients with the same diagnosis, is the foundation for determining which intervention approaches comprise best clinical practice.