Editor’s Note - March 2019

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By Andrea Spridgen

Improvement and success are only found with continual growth. In any profession, as in life, growth requires knowledge. To that point, the drivers of increased knowledge within O&P, research and educational opportunities, are essential to the growth and development of the profession. This issue highlights a series of multicenter publications about prosthetic mobility relating to quality of life, comorbid health conditions, and prosthetic component choices; the learning experience of international residencies; the need for practitioners to aid in educating the next generation of clinicians; and how better-informed patients and increased use of outcome measures are changing the face of patient care.

"MAAT: Providing Understanding and Order to the Construct of Prosthetic Mobility" provides an overview of five publications that represent the first attempt at leveraging large convenience samples of individuals with amputations for analysis of prosthetic mobility as it relates to a variety of factors, including satisfaction and quality of life, relationship of comorbidities to prosthetic ambulation, microprocessor knee technology, the potential of classification and regression tree analysis in supporting K-level prediction, and foot type and mobility in individuals with dysvascular amputation.

An important element in practitioners' education is the residency experience. This part of their education allows them the opportunity to put the knowledge they've gained in the classroom into practice in a clinical setting under the guidance and mentorship of experienced clinicians. "How International Training Develops Innovative and Compassionate Clinicians" shares the perspective of students and educators about how performing part of the residency requirement at an international site can give these new practitioners insight into alternative treatment modalities, increased cultural competency, and may even help to prepare them to do better on certification testing as they are forced to focus on fundamentals and basics principles of care in under-resourced areas.

We often talk about the factors that will lead to increased need for O&P practitioners, but for people to enter the profession, we must also have dedicated people to teach them. In "Exploring Your Options as an O&P Educator," Sara L. Peterson, PhD, CPO, FAAOP, and Taavy A. Miller, MSPO, CPO, share how experienced O&P clinicians can get involved in educating the next generation.

This issue also includes the second installment of O&P Ten Years Later, "The Economics of Outcomes," that discusses how patients have become more educated about their devices and care options and how using outcome measures has further changed the complexion of patient care.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and if you are availing yourself of the educational and networking opportunities at the Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium of the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists in Orlando, come by and see us at booth 300.