JNPT is excited to ring in the new year with a special issue on Parkinson Disease. This special issue is edited by Drs. Terry Ellis, Lee Dibble, and Dan Peterson and is now available on our website. In this issue we have seven research articles. Strouwen and colleagues assess factors that impact the effect of dual task training in people with PD to determine who will benefit the most from this type of training. Landers and colleagues analyze the feasibility and safety of a high-intensity exercise boot camp in people with PD and determine if it would be of greater benefit than usual care. In a prospective, controlled trial; Rawson and colleagues evaluate the impact of tango, treadmill walking, and stretching on gait, balance, motor function, and quality of life in people with PD. Olivier and colleagues characterize postural skill acquisition in people with PD, identify factors that predict learning, and investigate whether levodopa medication status during practice impacts learning. Löfgren and colleagues explore factors associated with responsiveness to a highly challenging training intervention that incorporated dual-task exercises in people with PD. In a longitudinal, pilot study; Lirani-Silva and colleagues examine the effect of auditory cues on gait characteristics in people with early PD at 2 time points, 3 years apart. Skinner and colleagues examine the effect of PD on muscular strength and force steadiness in muscles that are primarily responsible for locomotion and stability.
This year at the Combined Sections Meeting JNPT is trying something new. Instead of our usual Meet the Editor session, join our editor-in-chief, Dr. Edelle Field-Fote, and other editorial board members at the JNPT educational session entitled Fake News: Error, Ethics, and Evidence in Publication of Research. The abstracts for the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy platform and poster presentations are now available on the JNPT website. We look forward to seeing you there.
A draft of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Locomotor Function Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) is now available for review and public comment from December 1-21, 2018. The goal of this Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) is to delineate the relative efficacy of various interventions to improve walking speed and timed distance in individuals >6 months following stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. Please email all comments to email@example.com.
Enjoy the issue and we hope to see you at CSM!
George Fulk, PT, PhD
Digital Media Editor