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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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OtagoTraining Materials

*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 otago@unc.edu

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

OTAGO FAQs

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.

Has anyone tried Vida health or Strava? 1 Reply

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

Otago Q& A Chat

Started by tiffany.shubert Jul 15, 2013.

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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?

Comment by Evan Prost on November 13, 2014 at 5:45pm

I just completed the online Otago program and am interested if there are folks in Missouri who are implementing it.

Cheers!

Evan Prost PT

Comment by Jill Wigmore-Welsh on April 22, 2014 at 11:01am

Hi here I am in the UK and have completed the online course and found it excellent. The system of healthcare in the UK tends to put this kind of work over to personal trainers out in the community. So its great to get the chance to complete this course. I work doing case management of complex injuries and I've already prescribed Otago for one client. I'm hoping to bring the falls work into my work with this client group. My mother has also been started on the program by me and she has already progressed well. I'm having some difficulty getting good quality ankle weights that can go up to bigger weights than 1 kilo . 2.2 pounds. So if anyone has any links I would be very grateful. Thank you

Comment by Nancy Avena on April 3, 2014 at 5:22pm

I have just taken the online course and work in an outpatient clinic and was hoping to connect with any home care agencies in the St Louis area who have implemented an Otago. Let me know if you are out there!

Comment by Mary Catoe on January 19, 2014 at 4:43pm

Dear Darci Alexander and Siobhan McMahon,

Yes I have entered several patients with neuro diagnosis in the Otago program and study. It is ok to use the program in a patient that we expect to decline as long as they benefit from the program. I do not expect improvement in FOM's although it is likely initially to see improved strength, endurance and balance as they begin the program over the first few months. But over 12 months, I typically see a decline in FOM's even though they are compliant with the exercises due to progression of the disease process. We are not just looking for candidates that will improve in FOM's but those that will benefit from participating. I believe the program does retard the decline seen in progressive neuro disorders such as MS and Parkinsons and is an excellent tool to keep them at their highest functional level and reduce fall risk. I look at Otago as a fall reduction "pill". Who would I prescribe it to? Anyone who can benefit regardless of the outcome data. 

I am entering a patient with Guillian-Barre in the study this week. 

Hope that helps!

Sincerely,

Mary Catoe, PT, GCS 

follybub@comcast.net

Comment by Beth Black on January 5, 2014 at 11:12pm

I have been hearing about a community-based program in New Zealand, based on the Otago program, called Steady as You Go. Here are some links:

http://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ672517

http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/health/healthy-body/preventing-falls

http://www.moveme.org.nz/userfiles/files/12%20Feb%20Tai%20Chi%20Bro...

Is anyone aware of this program being provided in the United States?

Comment by Siobhan McMahon on January 5, 2014 at 1:34am

I have been using the Otago program in a Home Health setting and have had problems with elderly pt's continuing the program over a prolonged period.

Comment by Siobhan McMahon on December 20, 2013 at 3:26pm

Have been using Otago program for quite a while- finally doing the online course!

 
 
 

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