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October 2018 - Volume 42 - Issue 4

  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
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​​ivstep-logo-greyback-107yz80-300x298.png​​JNPT is excited to bring you an online supplemental IV STEP special issue​. This special IV STEP issue, which is available online only, is a compendium of the IV STEP conference. In this issue leaders in the field of neurologic physical therapy, who presented at IV STEP, shed light on the 4 Ps (Prevention, Prediction, Plasticity, and Participation) that were the themes of IV STEP. Topics include the movement system, the potential impact of genetic variation on outcomes, dosage, technology, and other important topics.

Please find the IV Step Supplement for Pediatric Physical Therapy here: 

PPT IV Step Supplement​

New!  IV Step Conference eBook now available including both supplements plus 50 Case Narratives with videos at

​Is This Study a Clinical Trial? Why Does It Matter?

[the following is an excerpt from the editorial that appears in print in the Octoberl 2018 issue of JNPT]

What constitutes a "clinical trial"? Until recent years, this term was widely interpreted as referring only to randomized clinical trials. However, in 2015 the National Institutes of Health adopted a broader interpretation of this term, and began using the following description to define a clinical trial:

A research study in which one or more human participants are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes.1

Read the full editorial​ in this issue.

Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Editor-in Chief​

Dear Reader,

The October issue of JNPT is now available on our website. In this issue we have 5 research articles and a case series. Using a novel approach, Chatterjee and colleagues measured skin conductance to assess sympathetic nervous system activity to detect perceived challenge differences during task-related differences posed by complex walking tasks in adults post-stroke. Fulk and He estimated the minimal clinically important difference for the 6-minute walk test in people with stroke. Conradsson and colleagues compared turning stability between individuals with PD and healthy individuals and investigated whether dopaminergic medication improves turning stability. Nathoo and colleagues surveyed stroke rehabilitation programs across Canada to investigate inclusion and barriers to structured aerobic training for people after stroke. Heinemann and colleagues describe clinicians' experiences, evaluations, and training strategies using robotic exoskeletons in spinal cord injury rehabilitation and wellness settings and describe clinicians' perceptions of exoskeleton benefits and risks and developments that would enhance utility. In a case series, Morris and colleagues examined the feasibility of introducing aerobic physical exercise programs into the subacute phase of multidisciplinary rehabilitation from moderate to severe TBI, which includes computerized cognitive training.

Congratulations to Dr. Nayo Hill, the recipient of the Mary Lou Barnes award for outstanding Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) II; and Dr. Rashelle Hoffman, the recipient of the Patricia Leahy award for PODS I. Congratulations also to Drs. Reed Handlery (PODS I), Bryant Seamon (PODS I), and Katie Butera (PODS II) as additional recipients of PODS awards. 

Be sure to check out our Editor-in-Chief's editorial: Is This Study a Clinical Trial? Why Does It Matter?

Enjoy the issue!​

George Fulk, PT, PhD

Digital Media Editor

JNPT invites original research articles on Neuroplasticity in Physical Therapy and Exercise. This special issue, scheduled for publication in January 2020, will recognize the important role of physical therapy and exercise to promote neuroplasticity, and seeks manuscripts that provide an understanding of the mechanisms that drive functional change.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the Special Issue Editor Anne Kloos (, or Guest Editors Lara Boyd (, and Joyce Gomes-Osman (​) regarding their submission.

Please see the Call for Manuscripts​ page for more information.

Call for Manuscripts​ | Submit a Manuscript

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