Research to Clinical Practice: O&P Builds the Bridge - March 2011

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Research to Clinical Practice: O&P Builds the Bridge
By Miki Fairley


Orthotics and prosthetics-related research is currently enjoying a vibrant, supportive atmosphere. And while advances have been made, challenges remain. Metaphorically speaking, O&P research is in its adolescence, growing into adulthood.

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Feature

Outcomes Project Explores User-Friendly Ways to Measure Mobility
By Judith Philipps Otto


For years, O&P professionals have been debating the benefits of outcome measures while struggling to get a grip on how best to implement evidence-based practice. Today, it appears that although most O&P professionals have been convinced of the nee...

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Feature

The Poetry of…Microprocessors
By Phil Stevens, MEd, CPO, FAAOP


In the article, " The Poetry of...Feet? " ( The O&P EDGE, October 2010), I introduced the concept of Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters (POEMs). The premise behind the POEMs concept—as originally described in the British Medical Journal   1 —i...

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Healthcare Issues Feature Prominently in 112th Congress Agenda
By Peter W. Thomas, JD; and Adam R. Chrisney


Big Issues in Play with Significant Impact on O&P As the new 112th Congress convenes and leadership in the House of Representatives shifts to Republican control, a host of healthcare and budget issues clog the Congressional docket. Congress is o...

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Feature

Facility Accreditation: Wait and See or Take Action Now?
By Susan Glairon


As the number of new O&P facility accreditation applications level off, O&P accreditation organizations respond with simpler, faster processes. Wayne Rosen, CPO, CPed, FAAOP, owned and operated an O&P facility for more than 20 years, but when illn...

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Perspective

Making the Case for Knowledge Translation
By Mark Geil, PhD


Despite the filing cabinets and shelves in my office, I prefer to stay organized by creating tidy little stacks of documents on the floor. It's easy to tell when I'm overworked, as the stacks tend to surround me and inhibit my escape. In one of th...

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Stepping Out

Planes, Chains, and Foot Orthotic Biomechanics Part III
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


The most widely taught and accepted theory of foot biomechanics was developed by Merton Root, DPM, and his colleagues during the second half of the 20th century. Root's studies were instrumental in creating the modern foot orthotic industry and re...

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Shop Talk

Whatever Happened to TPE?
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


Remember TPE (thermoplastic elastomer)? I first heard about it when I read an article in 1990 by Ron Sutton, BSE, CO, in the Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics (JPO) . When used to fabricate an AFO, this cool new material was just rigid enough to...

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Industry Leader

Dudley Childress, PhD: A “Renaissance Man” Exerts a Lasting Influence on P&O
By Miki Fairley


Few persons have been as towering a presence in the field of rehabilitation research and engineering as Dudley S. Childress, PhD, director emeritus of the Northwestern University Prosthetic Orthotic Center (NUPOC), Chicago, Illinois, and professor...

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Extraordinary O&P

Daphne Hegreness: On the Right Track
By Leslie O’Donnell and Laura Hochnadel


Hegreness tests her new Cheetah Flex-Foot. "It was like Christmas when I found out that [Limbs of Love] wanted to get it for me," she says. On a rain-dampened high school running track, under an overcast sky, Daphne Hegreness took her first few sp...

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Better Business

Social Media? Really!
By Cynthia Marsh, Patty Johnson, and Kit Goyette


Because "everyone is doing it" was never a good reason to take part in an activity as a teenager. But we're sure even Mom would agree that participating in social media, the current web-based, highly accessible, interactive marketing, communicatio...

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Sports

The IPC Track and Field World Championships
A Record-Smashing Success
By Pam Martin


Photographs courtesy of Össur Americas. Between January 21-30, more than 1,000 competitors from 70 countries gathered at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, where athletic greats battled f...

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Residency Report

What about the United States?
By Ronald Dickson


I just returned from a week-long mission to Haiti with Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates (POA), Orlando, Florida, as part of a team that donated its time to provide prosthetic care for victims of last year's devastating earthquake. Working for five...

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Face to Face

Face to Face: Charla Howard


Charla Howard recently joined the staff at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Jackson, Mississippi, as a prosthetic research associate. A biological engineering graduate out of Mississippi State University (MSU), Starkville, Howard is working toward...

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Got FAQS?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Whether you are new to O&P billing or have years of experience, denials can be frustrating to handle and difficult to appeal. Count on "Got FAQs?" to provide you with the information you need to save time and frustration. This month's column addre...

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Viewpoint

The O&P EDGE: Maintaining a Global Conscience
By Tonja Randolph


If you receive the print version of this magazine, you probably had to tear open the plastic polybag holding together The O&P EDGE and The Academy TODAY for mailing. One of our readers recently asked us whether or not there was a more environmenta...

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Function and Comfort: Coexisting Within a Prosthesis


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Prosthetics Research: Consumers' Perspective


The result of prosthetic research ideally is better patient care and outcomes. The chain starts with research studies, then links clinically relevant findings into clinical practice, which positively impacts function and quality of life for person...

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