To support APTA’s Vision 2020, APTA in 2006 launched Open Door, a members-only online portal to peer-reviewed literature. Through subscriptions secured by APTA, Open Door provided members free online access to two databases that together offered access to the full text of more than 1,000 scientific journals to help PTs achieve evidence-based practice, one of the elements of the vision. The portal focused on web-based resources that helped members obtain the research they needed. Members were able to access the portal from anywhere via the research section of APTA’s website.
This benefit helped members stay up-to-date on literature related to their practice, which was especially meaningful to PTs and PTAs who did not have ready access to a library or database of journals. In 2014, Open Door was folded into APTA’s year-old www.PTNow.org, the association’s online portal to evidence-based practice.