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Coker-Bolt, Patty PhD, OTR/L; Karakostas, Tasos MPT, PhD, BEng

Pediatric Physical Therapy: July 2012 - Volume 24 - Issue 2 - p 215
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31825014dc

Assistant Professor, Division of Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina

Motion Analysis Center, Associate Director, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, Northwestern University

To the Editor:

We read the article in the most recent publication of the journal Pediatric Physical Therapy (2012;24[1]:64–68) on the effects of pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) and gait by Zipp and Winning.

While one can have academic discussions about the theoretical framework of the authors, it is very disappointing to read the factually incorrect statement by the authors, “To date, the secondary effects of CIMT on gait have not been assessed and thus warrant further investigation” (p. 65).

An elementary PUBMED search on the topic currently lists only 2 original investigations on pediatric CIMT and gait; the one by Zipp and Winning and an earlier one by Coker, Karakostas, Dodds, and Hsiang (Disabil Rehabil. 2010;32[5]:402–408) that we published in 2010 on the effects of CIMT on gait. This study, easily revealed in a PUBMED search, also used the GAITRite system, one of the same outcome measures used in the article by Zipp and Winning. In addition, the CIMT intervention was a modified approach in a camp-based setting, the same modified CIMT intervention used in the Zipp and Winning article.

While it is unclear how the authors Zipp and Winning did not see the 2010 article, my collaborators and I hope that, in the name of scientific integrity, credit is publically given by the journal for our work.

Patty Coker-Bolt, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Division of Occupational Therapy

College of Health Professions

Medical University of South Carolina

Tasos Karakostas, MPT, PhD, BEng

Motion Analysis Center, Associate Director

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedics

Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University

Adjunct Faculty

Department of Health Professions

Medical University of South Carolina

Northwestern University

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