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July 2019 - Volume 43 - Issue 3

  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD
  • 1557-0576
  • 1557-0584
  • 4 issues per year
  • Rehabilitation 5/65
    Clinical Neurology 51/197

Fake News in Science

in the book Ambient Findability, author Peter Morville inspires readers with the tenet that "what we find changes who we become." From the positive vantage point, this can be an affirmation of the way the availability of information in our digital age has the potential to transform what we know and how we think. From a more neutral perspective, the veracity of the information, the way the information is structured, the literacy of the reader, and the accessibility of the material determine how the information is used, by whom, and the influence it ultimately has on a person, community, or society. However, there is also a more cautionary viewpoint: that the way information is presented has the potential to misrepresent and distort, which has important parallels in research. In some cases, if "what we find" in our search for information is a summary of evidence that misrepresents the rigor and strength of the component studies, it has the potential to change practice in a way that may be deleterious to our patients

Read the full editorial in this issue.

Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA


The July issue of JNPT is now available on our website. We have an exciting lineup of articles. In the first study of its kind using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), Lim and Eng investigated differences in cortical brain activation during performance of upper extremity activities in an upright position after stroke and in neurologically healthy individuals. Christy and colleagues evaluated test-retest reliability and normative data on vestibular and balance tests in athletes without sports related concussion, compared athletes with and without sports related concussion on the vestibular and balance subtest; and identified subtests for concussion testing protocols. Using a qualitative design, Shilpa and colleagues explored stroke survivors' experiences prior to 2015 in post-acute care to understand both their involvement in choosing their post-acute care-facility and also their experiences while in rehabilitation. Questions specific to their time in rehabilitation included their involvement, inclusion, and satisfaction with rehabilitation goal setting, satisfaction with the stay, and their recommendations to peers related to discharge planning needs. Van Beek and colleagues evaluated the feasibility and usability of a 4-week video Exergaming-based dexterity training program with augmented VR in participants with PD. Using a Global Positioning System, Hanke and colleagues examined community mobility of people with stroke over the first year after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation and compared them to a group without neurological impairment. In a case series, Power and colleagues describe patients with cerebellar tumor and obstructive hydrocephalus in which positional vertigo and nystagmus were the only presenting features.

In this issue we also have the best abstracts from the Associação Brasileira de Fisiotherapia Neurofunctional recent conference. 

JNPT congratulates 16 Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy members who received awards at the recent APTA NEXT meeting in Chicago.

Enjoy the issue!

George Fulk, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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.

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