We have many forward-looking features in this issue of Pediatric Physical Therapy. The abstracts for the Combined Sections Meeting in Denver in February 2020 are online. Attendees can review the abstracts in preparation for the conference and those who are not attending will have access to current evidence. I want to thank Dr Jennifer Christy and the research committee of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy for their diligent work to get the abstracts prepared and ready for publication prior to the conference.
One of our invited lectures, the Knowledge Translation lecture, was presented by Dr Stacey Dusing and Dr Shaaron Brown at the Combined Sections Meeting in Washington D.C. in February 2019. The lecture is published in this issue and highlights the importance of collaboration between and among researchers and clinicians to achieve best evidence.
We look forward to another of our invited lectures at the Combined Sections Meeting in Denver, 2020: the Ann Van Sant Global Scientific Writing Lecture, given by Dr Doreen Bartlett, entitled “Advancing the Evidence-Base of Pediatric Physical Therapy: Sincerely, From the Heart.” Dr Bartlett has contributed excellence in research over many years. She was an Associate Editor and longtime Editorial Board member of Pediatric Physical Therapy. We look forward to an outstanding lecture.
Another article of note in this issue was contributed by Drs Nixon-Cave, Kaplan, Dole, and Schreiber, investigating the implementation of the 2013 clinical practice guideline on torticollis. Guidelines are extraordinary contributions to the evidence for clinical practice but are only truly extraordinary if they are implemented. This article gives insight into how the guideline is used in practice and the remaining work to be done toward further implementation for best practice.
This is the final issue for 2019, and we have already begun to fill our first issue for 2020. We have seen an exciting growth in the number and variety of manuscript submissions to the journal. As I complete my fourth year as Editor-in-Chief, I want to thank the researchers and clinicians who contribute to the published evidence and to the translation of this evidence into best practice.
Onward to 2020!