Outcome Measurement & Education - March 2016

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The Future of Fitters: What’s in Store for Fitter Education and the Fitter Profession?
By Laura Fonda Hochnadel


In August 2015, the National Commissionon Orthotic and ProstheticEducation (NCOPE) announcedthat its board approved limitingits focus only to higher learning andeducation accreditation activities at thepost-secondary level. For that reason,NCOPE d...

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Accelerating Outcomes Measurement in Clinical Practice With Fitbit
By Allie Cerutti, BSBE, MPO


IT'S A WORLD OF WEARABLES Wearable sensors, or wearables, seem to be everywherethese days. The concept of using wearables for personal healthtracking has become commonplace. Previously, we had to rely onhealth and fitness professionals to obtain i...

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DPM: Direct Prosthetic Measurement
By Edward S. Neumann, PhD, PE, CP, FAAOP


DPM Defined Direct prosthetic measurement (DPM) isthe direct measurement of the forces andmoments relevant to prosthetic fitting ina clinic. 1,2 It is not based on indirect gaitlaboratory measurements, which rely oninverse dynamics for an estimate...

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Prosthetic Sockets/Interfaces: The Next Frontier for Outcomes-Based Research
By Andrew Pedtke, MD; Kathleen Gallagher, MPH; and Ranjit Steiner, BA


The environment for prosthetics-driven research has seen momentum and an increase in funding opportunities over the past five years. Advancements in power feet and knees,and the utilization of 3D printing have catapulted the industry into mainstre...

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Final Rule Establishes Prior Authorization for Orthotics and Prosthetics
By Peter W. Thomas, JD, and Steven Postal, JD


--> Introduction This issue of The O&P EDGE   focuseson O&P education and outcomes.Good education will lead to high-qualitycare, and being able to measureoutcomes will help demonstrate theevidence base for O&P clinical practice.Both will have a...

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ACADEMY SOCIETY SPOTLIGHT: Negative Media Portrayal of Characters With Amputations
By Lisa Abernethy


Social Interactions After Limb Loss Being treated like everyone else and being accepted by friends and family are important to the emotional well-being of the person who has suffered limb loss. However, people living with limb loss often have nega...

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Today’s Consumer

Chris Reyes: For Gunshot Survivor, Attitude Is Everything
By Tara McMeekin


When Chris Reyes woke up in the hospital in January 2015, the prognosis looked grim. A bullet he had taken to the lower back during an attempted robbery in his hometown of East Chicago, Indiana, had left the then-22-year-old paralyzed from the wai...

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Better Business

Firsthand Tips to Improve the Residency Experience
By Nina Bondre, MPO


Being a resident at an O&P facility has been exciting. I have had the opportunity to see real-world applications of the clinical and technical knowledge I gained while pursuing my master's degree in O&P and have been further educated by experts in...

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Stepping Out

Lateral Ankle Instability
By Séamus Kennedy, BEng (Mech), CPed


Lateral ankle sprains are among the most common sports injuries and account for a significant percentage of time lost due to injuries. Athletes returning to activity too soon after a severe ankle sprain may be at risk for longer-term ankle instabi...

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Shop Talk

I Use Staples
By Tony Wickman, CTPO


I use staples-it's true. And I have for years. One of the first tasks I was entrusted with in my earliest days in O&P wasmold modifications.

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Perspective

Considerations When Treating People With Bilateral Upper-Limb Amputations
By Ryan Spill, CP/L


One of the most challenging clinical presentations for a prosthetist is apatient with bilateral upper-limb loss or absence. Of the myriad upper-limbprosthetic componentry available, how can the prosthetist be surethat his or her prescription recom...

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On Topic

Site Seeing in O&P
By Erin Cammarata


The challenging compliance environment in which the O&P profession operates presents many situations that may cause you to second guess the accuracy of your compliance processes. At CBS, we often get phone calls from people with questions about co...

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Residency Reflection

The Young Professional’s Guide to the World of O&P
By John Pope, MS, MSPO, CSCS


This is the first installment in a series of articles in which Ichronicle my transition from student to resident, and fromresident to O&P professional. I'm learning as I go, but hopefullymy trial and error can help someone else along the way. What...

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Face to Face

John Reynolds, CPO


Reynolds and a patient. John Reynolds, CPO, started his O&P career in 1973,graduated from Clayton State University, and earnedcertificates in orthotics and prosthetics from NorthwesternUniversity. He served on the board of directors of the America...

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Industry Review - Conferences

Kaua’i, The Garden Isle—Home of Pac Rim 2016


The 2016 Pacific Rim (Pac Rim)conference was held at the Kaua'iMarriott Resort, January 22-24.The event was hosted by the U.S.National Member Society of the InternationalSociety for Prosthetics andOrthotics (US ISPO), which welcomedmore than 100 a...

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Viewpoint

Measuring Success
By Andrea Spridgen


We all have our own way of measuring success-personaland professional-whether it's earning a specificdegree, developing skills such as painting or dancing,or landing a dream job. You and the O&P patients youtreat also have your own ways of measuri...

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Online Exclusive

Prosthetic Advancement Helps Amputee Enjoy Life Again


Josh Green has been an amputee almost his entire life. Born with his tibia, fibula, and femur fused together, he underwent a transfemoral amputation when he was only four years old. After being fitted with a pediatric prosthesis, he adapted quickly, and less than a year later was playing T-ball with his peers.

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Online Exclusive

Just in Time for the Academy Annual Meeting: Sessions Sneak Peeks


To enhance your experience at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists' (the Academy's) 2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium, being held March 9-12 in Orlando, Florida, this Online Exclusive presents additional details about several sessions to take you beyond the program.

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The Value of Fitters


An article in the March issue of The O&P EDGE explored the value of certified orthotic, mastectomy, and therapeutic shoe fitters to the O&P profession. This edition of EDGE Direct includes expanded insight about the value of fitters from O&P experts.

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Online Exclusive

Moisture Management for Amputees With New Breathable Liner from Endolite


Buildup of warmth and moisture in the liner and socket—leading to loss of connection, unwanted socket movement, and potential skin damage—are well known issues for amputees. Endolite’s new Silcare Breathe prosthetic liners feature laser-drilled perforations to allow moisture and air to escape, offering improved comfort and control for amputees.

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