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JPO Editor’s Comments

Gard, Steven A. PhD

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Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics: July 2018 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 - p 119
doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000199
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As you know, the content of JPO is intended specifically for your benefit, providing prosthetists, orthotists, and other professionals associated with the P&O field with information that improves prescription, practice, and rehabilitation and ultimately increases the quality of life of prosthesis and orthosis users. To be effective and impactful, technical communication must be appropriately tailored to the intended audience. Do you think JPO is doing a reasonably good job with disseminating useful information? If not, is it the content that needs tweaking, or the method of delivery that could be improved? In response to both of these queries, I would like to draw your attention to a very nice instructional editorial in this issue that I believe will resonate well with the P&O profession. Drs Michael Dillon and Stefania Fatone provide an excellent introduction to translational research, which is concerned with conveying clinical information in a manner that is particularly palatable for practitioners with emphasis on application and implementation. Furthermore, as an example of translational research, Drs Dillon and Fatone have prepared an essay on the uncertainty associated with the long-term predictions of lower-limb amputation prevalence and how the future of P&O is likely to be affected. I sincerely hope that you enjoy and learn from these commentaries as we continue to explore more effective means of delivering important and relevant information to the field. Would you like to see more translational research articles published in JPO? Please feel free to send me your views at [email protected].

As always, we would love to hear your ideas for growing JPO’s stature while increasing its relevance to your profession. Please feel free to contact me or any of the Editorial Board members with your thoughts.

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