Welcome to a New Era : Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal

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Welcome to a New Era

Gurovich, Alvaro N. PT, PhD, FACSM

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Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal 34(1):p 1, January 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/CPT.0000000000000218
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As you all know, this is the first fully electronic issue of the Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy Journal (CPTJ). Some of you will miss the hard copy version, especially when you could take it with you almost anywhere. However, one thing we learned from the pandemic is that we are all more comfortable with electronic material, especially when it is interactive. That is why we are enhancing our digital content, including video abstracts (work in progress) and a message from the Editor-in-Chief in every issue that you will be able to access from your phone or personal computer. These new features are part of a broader strategic plan that the CPTJ Editorial Board and the Academy Executive Board are working on and include so far new policies and procedures and guidelines to authors. By the next Combined Sections Meeting in San Diego, CPTJ will have a clear road map for the next 5 years. I will keep you all posted.

In this issue, we present you 1 clinical perspective and 4 research reports. First, Hergenroeder et al.1 bring their perspective in telerehabilitation in patients after lung transplantation where a traditional, evidence-informed exercise protocol for these patients could be applied to telerehabilitation. Second, from Dr. Annemarie Lee's team in Australia, Frank et al.2 performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effects of music listening during pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation. Their findings are intriguing because music listening could produce different effects when applied to pulmonary or cardiac rehabilitation. Then, O'Brien et al.3 studied vital sign assessment practices in neurological physical therapists. This study aligns very well with the Academy's Vitals are Vital campaign and found some interesting results such as below recommended assessment guidelines for the professional group. From Dr. Matthew Durand's team in the Medical College of Wisconsin, Hyngstrom et al.4 studied oxygenation of the vastus lateralis of stroke survivors during exercise where insights of oxygen desaturation in the paretic side could explain overall cardiopulmonary performance measured through peak oxygen consumption. Finally, Wooten et al.,5 in collaboration with Dr. Randall Keyser from the NIH Clinical Center, studied exercise capacity in women with lupus erythematosus. In this interesting study, the authors found that performance fatigability in this clinical population is linked to cardiorespiratory insufficiency.

These are exciting times. Two of the articles presented here were from NIH-funded studies, and we have some more in our editorial pipeline. Issue after issue, we are thrilled to present great research from our members and around the world. In addition, the strategic changes to come should launch the CPTJ to the next level. Welcome to a new era.


1. Hergenroeder AL, Willey BM, Vendetti ML, DeVito Dabbs A. Exercise progression protocol for lung transplant GO: A multicomponent telerehab exercise intervention for patients after lung transplantation. Cardiopulmonary Phys Ther J. 2023;34:2-12.
2. Frank HE, Munro PE, Clark I, Lee AL. The effect of music listening during pulmonary or cardiac rehabilitation on clinical outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Cardiopulmonary Phys Ther J. 2023;34:13-29.
3. O'Brien J, Wallmann HW, Karaffa J, et al. Self-reported vital sign assessment practices of neurologic physical therapists. Cardiopulmonary Phys Ther J. 2023;34:30-38.
4. Hyngstrom AS, Nguyen JN, Uhrich TD, et al. Quantification of tissue oxygen saturation in the vastus lateralis muscle of chronic stroke survivors during a graded exercise test. Cardiopulmonary Phys Ther J. 2023;34:39-50.
5. Wooten LC, Hasni S, Mikdashi JA, Keyser RE. Cardiorespiratory insufficiency and performance fatigability in women with systemic Lupus erythematosus. Cardiopulmonary Phys Ther J. 2023;34:51-60.
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