End of the Road, Beginning of a New Era : Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal

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End of the Road, Beginning of a New Era

Gurovich, Alvaro N. PT, PhD, FACSM

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Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal: October 2022 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - p 139
doi: 10.1097/CPT.0000000000000216
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Dear colleagues and readers. This is the last printed issue of the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal. It is the end of the road for traditional, hard copies of our Journal. We know that some of you might be sad about this change. We all like receiving letters in the mail, and the Journal is one of the things we look forward to get every quarter. However, we cannot hide the sun with a finger. Transitioning to an online-only format is the responsible thing to do, both environmentally and fiscally. In addition, this new era will bring opportunities to showcase the great work you all do, the Journal, and the Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy beyond our membership. In the near future, the Journal will be more than a research bulletin; the Journal's web site will become a portal to new knowledge, audiovisual content, and interactive material that will enhance learning and clinical practice. The CPTJ Editorial Team is excited about this new era.

In this issue, we present you 1 clinical perspective, 1 case report, and 3 research reports. First, Konrad Dias et al.1 define the role of a physical therapist in vaping and smoke cessation. This is a very interesting perspective about how we can get involved with our patients to improve their success quitting smoking, including current aspects of vaping. Then, Bini Thomas et al.2 present a case report where a complex patient is hospitalized with severe COVID-19. This challenging case is described with useful details that can improve the clinical approach in other complex patients in the intensive care unit. In their research report, Collen Hergott et al.3 designed a study to modify one of the most used functional test, the timed up and go (TUG) test, as a test for aerobic capacity in older adults. Their results show that repeating the TUG 10 times (TUG-10) is associated with other measures of aerobic capacity in that population. In their cross-disciplinary research report, Anna Michalski et al.4 studied the association between manual and quantitative muscle testing in patients with intensive care unit–acquired muscle weakness. Their results show that the medical research council manual muscle testing scale may be limited in the ability to detect muscle weakness post-ICU discharge. Finally, Amy Toonstra et al.5 present an interesting study addressing different blood pressure measurement approaches. Their results show that cuff overinflation could produce different systolic pressure readings, which can affect clinical decision-making.

As the Editor in Chief of the Journal, I am very proud to serve the Journal and the Academy. I understand that 33 years of a traditional, hard copy journal is hard to beat. However, the Journal has endured more than 3 decades not because it was a printed journal, but because it contains relevant research. The articles published in this issue, and the ones to come, confirm that the journal will continue publishing relevant, clinical research. It might be the end of the road for hard copies, but it is the beginning of a new era, the era that will expose our great work even further.


1. Dias KJ, Ferreira G, Martin KJ, Pignataro RM. Defining the role of the physical therapist in addressing vaping and smoking cessation. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2022;33(4):140-150.
2. Thomas B, Tabisz J, Collins K, Kim OK, Gupte S. Importance of physical Therapy interventions for medically complex patient with severe COVID-19: A case report. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2022;33(4):151-156.
3. Hergott CG, Bolgla LA, Waller JL, et al. TUG-10: A modification of the timed up and go test for aerobic assessment in older adults. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2022;33(4):157-165.
4. Michalski A, Souza-Barros L, Robles P, Cameron J, Herridge M, Mathur S. The association of the medical research council scale and quantitative computerized dynamometry in patients after critical illness: An exploratory study. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2022;33(4):166-170.
5. Toonstra A, Lefebvre K, Denn J, et al. Impact of blood pressure cuff overinflation on blood pressure measurements in adults. Cardiopulm Phys Ther J. 2022;33(4):171-176.
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