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Step by step guide to accessing and using OPEN-TACT

  1. You will need to register to access both the webpages and the virtual clinic.
  2. If you use an NHS email address this will enable you to register straight away.
  3. A non-NHS email will require approval and may cause a delay in access to the website.
  4. Once you have registered, you can access information in the 'Physiotherapy Guidelines' section of the site which is related to Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Pompe disease. These pages are free for you to browse and you can view training videos, manuals and worksheets related to assessments.

Guide to the Virtual Clinic

  1. Click on Virtual Clinic – this takes you to an animated door with the word “Enter” on it. Click on the word “Enter” to go to the dashboard.
  2. Click on 'Start new assessment'.
  3. Click on the 'Consulting Room' tab or press the X in the top right corner of the open window.
  4. You will see a photograph of a clinic space; click on the computer to view the patient’s details and then click on the patient’s name.
  5. Pull down 'Patient details' (currently just a diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy).
  6. Click on 'Patient has arrived in clinic'.
  7. Close the open window (using the 'x' in top right corner of the screen); this takes you back to the photograph of the clinic page.
  8. Click on the box step in the picture to start the assessment; you will see the patient is ready for you to click on 'Assess'.
  9. You will see a screen with 17 items and some information; for each item you will need to:
    • Choose the order in which you conduct the 17 items by clicking on them (feedback will be given on whether you have chosen the correct order)
    • View the video by clicking the play button (you can watch it as many times as you like)
    • Indicate the score using the dropdown menu for North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA) score
    • Indicate whether or not the performance was optimal or not using the Performance outcome dropdown menu.

Further details can be viewed in this downloadable guide.