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Boone, David CP, MPH, PhD

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JPO Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: January 2009 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 1
doi: 10.1097/JPO.0b013e3181969956
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This issue of the JPO has a group of articles that are complementary in many ways. They each pose questions about the function of prosthetic knees, and through diligence, hard work and the scientific method, these authors have done their best to contribute to the evidence base in prosthetics. It was not planned in advance to have articles so aligned, but we are fortunate that chance has brought us these manuscripts together as each adds a different element to greater understanding.

Some of this innovative research is extremely challenging to undertake and it is significant that JPO is the venue chosen to disseminate such important findings. High-quality original research in our journal reflects well on our field overall. Challenging research will inevitably raise new questions and even disagreements. Rarely does a single study convincingly prove something, but it can often be a piece of the answers we seek to improve care. We present these articles for what they add to the dialog, knowing well that none is absolutely complete or perfect. Please consider each for what evidence it adds, and not for what it may lack.

Quality of content has to go hand-in-hand with relevance of content. Toward this end, we have undertaken a detailed survey of our readership. The response was excellent, providing clear data for the editors into how JPO is used and what readers would most like to see within our pages. I would like to thank all those who took the time to participate in the survey. Your effort is appreciated and the results are being put to use already. The JPO is a dynamic and evolving resource, and we will continue to work hard to bring the best available science directly to the Academy membership.

Best Wishes in the New Year,

David Boone, CP, MPH, PhD


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