July 2018 - Volume 29 - Issue 3

  • Sean M. Collins, PT, ScD
  • 1541-7891
  • 2374-8907
  • Quarterly
In this issue of CPTJ we are pleased to bring the annual CSM Lecture from Drs. Ricard and Cahalin, the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research: A Year In Review (2017). Consistent with what attendees and readers have come to know and love, the authors have provided a broad overview of several important, timely and emerging topics as they apply to the practice of cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy (PT). The article provides an overview of research published in 2017 along with a brief overview of clinical relevance of this material presented at the 2018 Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The remaining original research papers in this issue all focus on the use of a tools for patient examination and evaluation. Firth and Loprinzi provider readers with insights into a new tool Fitness Fatness Index (FFI). They present evidence of an inverse association between FFI and residual-specific mortality as primary evidence for the possible the utilization of FFI to assess current and future health status.  Sturgess et al report on the Functional Difficulties Questionnaire as a new tool for assessing physical function of the thoracic region in a cardiac surgery population. They have found the FDQ to be an appropriate functional outcome measure specific to the thoracic region for people after cardiac surgery that may also be suitable for use by clinicians and researchers assessing the thoracic region within other surgical or medical populations. Hornsby et al have used the 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT) as a predictive measure of exercise capacity in adults with type 2 diabetes. The authors found a significant correlation between 6MWT distance and predicted exercise capacity which suggests the possible value for its use in this population.​

Sean Collins, PT, ScD
Editor-in-Chief​​​