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OtagoExercise Program

Welcome to the Otago Exercise Program information page!


Otago is an evidence-based fall prevention program delivered by physical therapists in the home. This web page contains the Otago Exercise Program Training Manual and links to an online training program for physical therapists.


By joining this site, you will gain access to a community of practitioners dedicated to fall prevention through physical therapy.


Join today and learn the best way to deliver Otago and be reimbursed for your services!

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Latest Activity: Nov 19

OtagoTraining Materials

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*Online Otago Training*


Visit the Carolina Geriatric Education Center at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine for Otago Resources:

  • online Otago training course
  • tools for practice
  • patient information
  • demonstration videos 

Access the 2013 Otago Implementation Guide,  "Tools to Implement the Otago Exercise Program: A Program to Reduce Falls".

Track outcomes using the Otago outcomes database materials or access a free online database by emailing

Spanish translation of the exercises HERE

 Let's Talk Otago -  Q&A Webinars on the 2nd Wednesday of each month 5 - 6 EST Details Here


More information on training opportunities (under "Pages" )

New pages, discussions, and documents are added frequently. Please check each section for updates.


Community Discussions and Documents

Otago for Parkinson's

Started by Marc Broberg Nov 21, 2014.

Has anyone tried Vida health or Strava? 1 Reply

Started by Tori Martin. Last reply by tiffany.shubert Nov 18, 2014.

Otago Q& A Chat

Started by tiffany.shubert Jul 15, 2013.

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Comment by tiffany.shubert on October 6, 2015 at 8:18am

hi all

Please move these discussions to -- we will be taking down this site soon and this will let us answer your questions as they come in!

Comment by tiffany.shubert on May 22, 2015 at 8:47am

Otago Updates

There are several important updates to the OEP

1. The OEP can be delivered in the outpatient, community, or home setting. The main thing is that there are 5 PT visits over 8 weeks in whatever setting those visits can happen.

2. The OEP should be thought of an 8-week clinical management phase. After 8 weeks you should discharge your patient to a self-management phase which includes monthly follow up phone calls, face to face visits as needed with a minimum of a check in visit at 6 months and ideally at 1 year

Comment by Michael Scott Freeman on May 20, 2015 at 7:42pm

Hi.  I just completed and online training module for Otago. I work in an outpatient physical therapy clinic.  Learning about the Otago exercise program has changed the way I think about fall prevention.  However, I am concerned about trying to implement it because it is not feasible for me to make home visits and this seems to be one of the key components.  How critical is it that Otago be delivered in the home?  

Comment by tiffany.shubert on March 4, 2015 at 1:20pm

Hi Trent!

I would like to connect you with a few PTs in Long Beach , CA who are implementing Otago. Please email me at and please feel free to check out the UNC hosted webinars each month from 5 - 6 EST 

Comment by Trent Lanier Mitchell on March 4, 2015 at 12:56pm

In process of completing the Otago Program. Very excited about learning more and implementing to help those who desperately need strength and balance exercise programming. Curious to find out others in my area (Torrance, CA) who are using Otago and their results.

Comment by Evan Prost on February 12, 2015 at 10:26am

A colleague and I are doing a 2 hour presentation at the Missouri Physical Therapy Association spring conference in St. Louis on April 18, on STEADI, and we will also talk about Otago.  We have both taken the Otago training though neither of us have implemented a formal program, so we won't be able to speak from experience.  Anybody else in MIssouri that could attend the meeting and speak from experience?

Comment by Don Stover on December 29, 2014 at 1:56pm

Hello group. I Just completed online training in Otago. I am an outpatient PT in Oklahoma City OK. I was wondering if any home health agencies in my area are currently using Otago? If so please message me to see if we may collaborate services for those in need of Otago.

Comment by tiffany.shubert on November 18, 2014 at 10:53am

This was posted from Marc Broberg:

ust completing the Otago online training, which is a wonderful resource.  I see that in the implementation of the program the therapist can customize the exercise selection based on the functional assessment.  Is there a "minimum effective dosage" for these exercises in terms of number of exercises prescribed and the volume of each prescribed exercise?  Thanks

Comment by tiffany.shubert on November 17, 2014 at 10:32am

Hi Nancy

As long as the therapist sets the stage that this is the patient's program, and it only works if they do it, then the adherence is far better than you would expect. There is a big piece of accountability -- especially with only seeing the patient every other week. If the patient "owns" the program, sees their progress and then also knows you are coming back , the adherence is usually quiet good

Comment by Marleen Iannucci on November 14, 2014 at 11:53am

I'm finishing the online Otago training but wonder whether the individuals are actually keeping a log or calendar; it seems the calls are great reminders to adhere but it is also easy to give a "socially correct" answer that one is doing the exercises?  How do those of you with experience assess adherence?


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