April 2017 - Volume 41 - Issue 2

  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
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Updates to the Common Rule: Harmonizing the Protection of Human Subjects With Research in a New Era

[the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the January 2017 issue of JNPT]

These days, researchers and research consumers alike take for granted the idea that people who participate in research projects should be treated ethically. However, the guidelines that provide the standard boundaries in which researchers operate undergo regular scrutiny and are continually evolving. Since 1991, the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, also referred to as the "Common Rule," has been a regulatory requirement for institutions that conduct research sponsored by any one of 16 federal agencies. The Common Rule has been the standard for human subjects protection in the United States. To understand the rationale underlying some of the recent changes to the Common Rule, it is valuable to know a bit about its origins.

Read the full editorial in this issue.
Editor-in-Chief Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA​

Dear Reader,                                                                                                                                                          

The April 2017 issue of The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy is now available. In this issue there are 6 articles. Christiansen and colleagues examined factors associated with walking activity in people with Parkinson Disease prior to initiating dopaminergic medication. Al-dughmi and colleagues explored the association between executive function and off-line motor learning in individuals with chronic stroke compared with healthy control participants. Forsyth and colleagues examined the reliability and validity of flexed truncal posture in people with Parkinson Disease. Motl and colleagues explored the relationship between self-efficacy and walking ability in people with multiple sclerosis. Using a web-based survey, Boyne and colleagues assessed aerobic exercise prescription in stroke rehabilitation by physical therapists in the United States. Spildooren and colleagues explored the influence of auditory cueing and an attentional strategy on turning and how this related to freezing of gait in people with Parkinson Disease.

Be sure to check out the Associação Brasileira de Fisiotherapia Neurofunctional (ABRAFIN) Best Abstract Awards from their recent conference. Also in this issue, JNPT thanks our editorial board and reviewers. Their work is essential to the advancement of neurologic physical therapy practice and science. We also want to congratulate recipients of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy annual awards.

JNPT invites original research for a special issue on Concussion Management in neurologic physical therapy. Go here for more details: http://journals.lww.com/jnpt/Pages/callformanuscripts.aspx.

JNPT also sends out a special thank you to Deborah Larsen, the outgoing president of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy. After 6 years as president Dr. Larsen is stepping down from this role in July. Be sure to read her final strategic plan report that highlights the many accomplishments of the Academy during her tenure.​

Be sure to check out our redesigned website, which now features responsive design so you can view the website easily on any device.

George Fulk, PT, PhD 

Digital Media Editor​

​​​​​​JNPT invites original research articles for a special issue on Concussion Management in Neurologic Physical Therapy. This special issue, scheduled for publication in January 2018, will feature manuscripts on topics related to any aspect of concussion management (examination, screening, intervention, interdisciplinary collaboration) related to neurologic physical therapy. 

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editors: Kathy Gill-Body (kgillbody@gmail.com) or Karen McCulloch (kmac@med.unc.edu)​ regarding their submission. Please see the "Call for Manuscripts" page for more information.

Call For Manuscripts | Submit a Manuscript

Factors Associated With Ambulatory Activity in De Novo Parkinson Disease

Christiansen, Cory; Moore, Charity; Schenkman, Margaret; More

Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy . 41(2):93-100, April 2017.

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