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We Need Evidence More Than Ever!

Fetters, Linda

Pediatric Physical Therapy: October 2017 - Volume 29 - Issue 4 - p 287
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000462

Editor-in-Chief, Los Angeles, California

As we focus on health care in the United States, one issue is clear. We need to continue to value and seek out the best evidence for the care we offer children and families. This evidence includes research published in this and all issues of Pediatric Physical Therapy, the expertise of expert clinicians and the children's and families' goals for their futures. We need to examine common, evidence-based approaches to the same movement conditions. This will help families in determining best practices for their children, better communicate with other professionals regarding best practice, and ensure best outcomes from our care.

In this issue, Kaplan, Dole, and Schreiber describe the use of the clinical practice guideline on congenital muscular torticollis. This first guideline, supported by the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and published in Pediatric Physical Therapy in 2013, serves as a critical guide to best practice of physical therapy for this condition. It is encouraging to read that physical therapists are using the guideline recommendations, but we need to continue to improve with more referrals of the youngest infants and follow-up. Thank you to Kaplan and colleagues for their diligent follow-up on best practice!

Also in this issue, Vialu and Doyle examine multiple guidelines for school-based physical therapy across the nation. They found many common themes in the 22 guidelines they compared and suggest that these common themes be used as the foundation for best practice.

As I begin my third year as Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Physical Therapy, I want to thank Doreen Bartlett, Associate Editor, for her excellent contributions for many years to the journal. Dr Bartlett and I served together on the Editorial Board of the journal, and I am honored that she was willing to serve with me during the past two years. Dr Bartlett has decided to step down from her position on the journal at the end of 2017. We have benefitted from her rigor, research excellence, and commitment to children and families and to the journal.

I also want to thank Careen Van Son for her contributions to the Editorial Board of the journal. Dr Van Son has been the representative for our Swiss pediatric colleagues and served her colleagues and the journal with enthusiasm. Our best wishes to Dr Van Son in her retirement. I am pleased to introduce Dr Judith Graser as the new member of the Editorial Board. Dr Graser will represent her fellow Swiss pediatric physical therapists. Welcome Dr Graser!

Clinical Bottom Lines (CBL) are included for each of our Research Reports. These are typically written by a research/clinician pair and sometimes with a parent as author. This issue includes a CBL co-authored by Catie Christensen, a physical therapist at Nationwide Children's Hospital, and Lori Fickes, a parent. I want to thank this team and Ms Fickes for her willingness to spend time reviewing evidence and sharing her personal impressions with all of us. You are an inspiration!

Linda Fetters


Los Angeles, California

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